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Iraqi forces advance on ‘Islamic State’-held western Mosul

The pace of displacement has accelerated in recent days as fighting approaches the most densely populated parts of western Mosul, and aid agencies have expressed concern that camps to accommodate people fleeing the city are nearly full.”We are starving to death”, said one man who had fled the city. “This is awful”, said Lise Grande, deputy special representative of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq, who has called for an investigation.Also Sunday, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said it was “seriously concerned” about alleged use of chemicals in fighting in Mosul.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”. Turkey accuses Germany of double standards over meeting cancellation
Local authorities had to evacuate the Gaggenau city hall Friday morning after receiving a bomb threat, DW reported . He said that Ankara was simply “pouring oil onto the fire” with the accusations. Reporting from Erbil, Al Jazeera’s Stefanie Dekker, who visited the hospital where the patients were being treated, said: “I saw a young boy, about eight or nine years old, and his entire body had burn marks, black and brown marks, all across his body”.Mosul, 400 km north of the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, has been under IS control since June 2014, when government forces abandoned their weapons and fled, enabling IS militants to take control of parts of Iraq’s northern and western regions.The troops’ advance toward Mosul came after Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced on February 19 the start of an offensive to drive the extremist militants out of west Mosul, locally known as the right bank of Tigris River which bisects the city.”There was a very bad smell, it was some kind of gas”, he said.As citizens leave the west, the United Nation’s World Health Organisation revealed that 12 people from the east were being treated for suspected exposure to chemical agents. Manchester City set curious club record with clean sheet at Sunderland
I am fairly sure that he was bought by Sunderland either this season or last which means he will be able to play against us. This presents a challenging environment for Iraqi forces who will have to fight IS in well-defended, densely packed and narrow streets to retake west Mosul.The total number of civilians displaced from Mosul has risen sharply over the past days and now exceeds 200,000, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM).For its part, the United Nations said it is working as fast as possible to help those displaced.Snipers had also tried to deter Iraqi forces as they approached from Mosul’s south.”In the past several weeks, we have been rushing to. construct that capacity, and we are redoubling our efforts now”. Federal agents searching Caterpillar HQ
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