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100,000 flee as iraqi forces advance in west mosul | news

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100,000 flee as iraqi forces advance in west mosul | news

nearly 100,000 iraqis have fled western half of mosul in the past three weeks as government forces backed by shia militias loyal to iran advanced on territory held by the islamic state of iraq and the levant.the iraqi ministry of immigration and displacement said on wednesday that as many as 600,000 civilians remained trapped in neighbourhoods of west mosul controlled by the armed group.iraqi forces and their allies have been making steady progress in the city, forcing isil (also known as isis) out of a series of neighbourhoods and retaking important sites such as the airport, mosul museum, train station and provincial government headquarters.but the battle for west mosul - smaller and more densely populated than the eastern side, which iraqi forces recaptured earlier this year - has forced a flood of people to flee their homes.in recent days, residents have been streaming out of western neighbourhoods recaptured by the government, desperate and hungry and traumatised by living under isil's harsh rule.according to the international organization for migration (iom), between february 25 and march 15, more than 97,000 people were displaced, an increase of around 17,000 from the figure it released on tuesday.the iom said the new figures, provided by the iraqi government, also showed that more than 116,000 people from the city's west had gone through a screening site south of mosul. read more: isil's human shields "some families are still stuck," hajj ahmed, a 55-year-old ...