Thousands Flee Mosul as Fighting Continues in City's West

Authorities in Iraq said 14,000 people fled western Mosul in a single day on March 2, as fighting continued in the city’s southwest, according to Al Jazeera.

Footage shared by the Iraqi Federal Police on March 3 showed people leaving the city carrying water, personal belongings and white flags.

Iraqi forces pushed Islamic State militants out of the west Mosul neighborhood of Wadi Hajar on Friday, March 3, inflicting substantial losses, Lt. Gen. Abdul-Amir Rasheen Yar God told local media.

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) warned at the start of the February 2017 push on western Mosul that it expected people to be in “bad shape,” as “food, water, fuel and medicine” was in short supply in the city. On March 3 the ICRC reported evidence of the use of chemical agents in Mosul, saying they admitted five children and two women who showed symptoms “consistent with an exposure to a blistering chemical agent.” Credit: Iraqi Federal Police via Storyful