Meanwhile, the U.S.-led coalition and the U.S.-backed Iraqi Air Force continue to carry out airstrikes in Mosul, Iraq. The journalistic monitoring group Airwars says between 20 and 50 civilians were reportedly killed by airstrikes on neighborhoods across West Mosul Monday.
The Iraqi Observatory for Human Rights says, on Saturday, another 42 civilians were reportedly killed after airstrikes hit a 16-room home in Old Mosul, killing members of a large extended family, including children.
On Tuesday, the United Nations warned that the battle to oust ISIS militants from the Old City of Mosul could turn into the battle’s worst humanitarian catastrophe. The U.N. and Iraqi officials are rushing to build more camps to house people displaced by the battle. This is Issam Abo Mohammed, who was displaced from Mosul by the fighting.
Issam Abo Mohammed: “I have been sleeping on a mat for 17 days, and my back is hurting me now. I am 54 years old, and I am ill. My son was hit and killed in Wadi al-Hajar while we were escaping, and I buried his body in the street. If the senior officials do not help me, my family will die.”