Iraqi army launches offensive to retake Mosul, families flee

Published March 29th, 2016 - 06:30 GMT
Iraqi Kurdish fighters have been fighting Daesh in Iraq and Syria (AFP Photo/Safin Hamed).
Iraqi Kurdish fighters have been fighting Daesh in Iraq and Syria (AFP Photo/Safin Hamed).

The Iraqi army has released footage of its forces retaking a village near the strategic base of Makhmur, near the city of Mosul in the north of the country.

The release of the footage came days into the Iraqi operation aimed at recapturing Mosul from the Daesh group.

Mosul has been under Daesh control since June 2014. Iraqi authorities say they are aiming to retake it within a year.

The Iraqi operation is being supported by Kurdish Peshmerga troops and air strikes from the US-led coalition.

Mosul is the largest city controlled by Daesh.

The fighting has displaced hundreds of families in the area. Many are sheltering in a youth centre on the outskirts of Makhmur, some 90 kilometres south of Mosul.

One displaced woman at the centre told euronews: "We were tortured by Daesh. We are living like prisoners, we feel thirsty and hungry all the time. We feel scared, the shelling has been going on right by our homes."

Euronews correspondent Mohammed Shaikhibrahim reported from Makhmur: "Since the start of the military operation to liberate Mosul, the number of refugees has been increasing day by day. Amid a shortage of food and medicine, they continue to appeal to the international community for humanitarian aid."

by Mohammed Shaikhibrahim


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