PMUs evacuate 1,500 families from western Mosul

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Mosul ( Pro-Iraqi government paramilitary troops have declared evacuating 1,500 families over the past few days from some regions in western Mosul.

Al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Units) said on Friday in a statement that “troops deployed in some regions of western Mosul received hundreds of displaced families coming from Mahalabiya and its vicinity over the past three days.”

The troops, according to the statement, “received the families and offered them food and shelter.”

“The displaced will be transferred later to Qayyarah camps in a gradual way that preserves their safety and dignity,” it added.

Iraqi government forces recaptured eastern Mosul in January, and launched another offensive in February to retake the western side.

More than 400,000 refugees were displaced by battles between Iraqi security forces and Islamic State militants in Mosul since security operations launched in October, according to Iraqi Observatory for Human Rights.

The number of people displaced inside the country is estimated by Iraqi government at more than four million persons since the emergence of IS in 2014.

According to United Nations, the total of civilians displaced since October stood at more than 320,000. It had predicted a total of 1.5 million people to be displaced upon the launch of the operations.


Source:Iraqi News