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At least 500 civilians evacuated from western Mosul

Civilians who fled the conflicted or Daesh blocked areas reached out to Iraqi army controlled Zencili neighborhood of Mosul and were transported from this area with armored vehicles as operation to liberate Iraq’s Mosul from Daesh continues on 12 June, 2017 [Yunus Keleş/Anadolu Agency]
Image of Iraqi police transporting the bodies of those who died during the clashes between Iraqi forces and Daesh terrorists in Mosul, Iraq on 12 June, 2017 [Yunus Keleş/Anadolu Agency]

At least 500 civilians have been evacuated from western Mosul in the last 24 hours, an Iraqi army officer told Anadolu Agency on Thursday.

Many of the civilians were injured while fleeing the Old City district where there are clashes between Daesh and the Iraqi army, Col. Ahmad Hashim said.

The Iraqi army on Wednesday recaptured two more neighborhoods in western Mosul from the Daesh terrorist group, according to an Iraqi army commander.

Read: Iraqi forces open escape routes for civilians in last stand for Mosul

But Daesh still controls a number of neighborhoods where tens of thousands of civilians are stuck in residences.

The Iraqi military remains engaged in a wide-ranging campaign – which began last October – to recapture Mosul.

In mid-2014, Daesh overran the city, which now represents the embattled terrorist group's last stronghold in northern Iraq.

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