A report by Reuters news agency today shows that more than 40,000 people have been displaced in the city of Mosul over the past week as Iraqi forces push the Islamic State terrorist organization out of Iraq’s second largest city. The Islamic State (IS) is held up in Mosul’s old city center and main government complex. As fighting reaches the densely populated western Mosul, aid agencies are concerned that camps for those fleeing are close to maximum capacity. Since the start of the offensive in October, more than 206,000 people have left their homes. According to the report, the United Nations said that more than 400,000 people could be displaced from Mosul before the battle ends. As Iraqi forces reach the IS held government center, they are being met with heavy sniper and mortar fire said one Reuters photographer. IS forces have also used suicide car bombers and booby traps as they attempt to hold on to the city.
Reuters story found here: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-iraq-mosul-idUSKBN16C0A2