GENEVA An believed four hundred,000 Iraqis are trapped in the ISIS-managed Previous Town of west Mosul amid foodstuff shortages and escalating panic beneath shelling, the United Nations refugee agency UNHCR mentioned on Thursday.
Many civilians fear fleeing mainly because of Islamic State snipers, but some 157,000 have attained a transit center because the Iraqi governing administration offensive on west Mosul began a thirty day period in the past, it mentioned.
“The worst is nevertheless to occur, if I can set it this way. Simply because four hundred,000 people today trapped in the Previous Town in that condition of panic and penury could inevitably lead to the cork popping somewhere, sometime, presenting us with a fresh outflow of big-scale proportions,” Bruno Geddo, UNHCR consultant in Iraq, speaking from the transit center exterior Mosul, informed a Geneva news briefing.
(Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay, enhancing by Larry King)