Nearly half a million Iraqis have fled Mosul fighting: UN
Iraqis flee fighting between security forces and Islamic State militants in Mosul, Iraq, April 12, 2017. (Maya Alleruzzo/AP)
The Associated Press
Published Monday, April 17, 2017 10:00AM EDT
BAGHDAD -- The United Nations says nearly half a million civilians have fled Mosul since U.S.-backed Iraqi forces launched a wide-scale military operation last October to retake the city from Islamic State militants.
The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said Monday that 493,000 people have been displaced from the city. As many as 500,000 others are in ISIS-controlled parts of western Mosul, where fighting is still underway.
The UN says food, water and medicine stocks are running low in the western half of the city, and that the fighting there is much heavier than it was in eastern Mosul, which the Iraqi government declared "fully liberated" in January.