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Iraq: Mosul residents flee besieged city for shelter in Syria

94 19.10.2016 Инфо

Iraqi internally displaced persons (IDPs) from Mosul continued to flee the city for refuge in Syria, Tuesday.
With exit from the city being forbidden, one of the Iraqi refugees, Seif Al-Maslavil, spoke about having to pay for their safe way out. "We all secretly fled from Mosul. We are 13 people and we paid for this escape. We all come from different places, and we managed to leave the city successfully. We paid 62 banknotes that made up $6200. But thank God we arrived here," said Al-Maslavil.
Last Sunday, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced the start of the military operation to liberate the country’s second largest city. The self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS; formerly ISIS/ISIL) captured Mosul in 2014 and the offensive is now spearheaded by the Iraqi army and Kurdish militia, supported by the coalition led by the United States.
Mosul is the last major city in Iraq under the control of IS, and the army has recently been working towards its recapture by liberating nearby towns and cutting off supply routes to the militants who remain in the city. Mosul has been under the control of IS since June 2014.