ERBIL, Iraq Additional than 300,000 people have fled Mosul because the start out of the U.S.-backed marketing campaign to dislodge Islamic State from the northern Iraqi metropolis in October, the United Nations claimed on Tuesday.
The United Nations’ International Organisation for Migration estimates the number of people at the moment displaced to be 302,four hundred, the office environment of the U.N. Humanitarian Coordinator in Iraq claimed in a statement.
Iraqi forces, backed by a U.S.-led coalition, have taken most districts of Mosul, Islamic State’s last key stronghold in Iraq and the metropolis in which the group’s chief, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, declared a caliphate just about three years ago.
They are now battling to choose the northwestern component from Islamic State but the civilian death toll has mounted in the densely populated Aged Town, in which the militants are dug in amongst citizens.
Additional people are envisioned to flee the combating and camps for the displaced north and east of Mosul are expanding, the U.N. statement claimed.
(Reporting by Maher Chmaytelli Modifying by Angus MacSwan)