In Iraq, a U.S.-led military coalition has begun its assault on Mosul’s Old City, a densely populated urban area and the last stronghold of ISIS in the northern Iraqi city. The U.N. said Friday as many as 150,000 people remain trapped in the district, describing their situation as “desperate.” Residents of western Mosul who were able to escape described scenes of starvation.
Hussein: “We have nothing to eat—no flour, no rice, just nothing at all. We had to eat grass and made grass soup to feed our children. The leaves even cost 7,000 dinars per kilogram.”
There were reports of heavy fighting and close-quarters battles in Mosul’s Old City, with unconfirmed reports that more than a dozen civilians were killed in U.S.-led airstrikes over the weekend.