Dozens of Daesh terrorists have reportedly been killed during separate operations in and around Mosul as Iraqi government troops and their allies are tightening the noose around the extremists controlling the northern city.
The Arabic-language al-Sumaria television network reported on Wednesday that Iraqi fighter jets, backed by those of the US-led military coalition, have hit Daesh positions in Albu Seif village south of Mosul, located some 400 kilometers north of the capital Baghdad, leaving 40 of the terrorists dead.
Pro-government fighters from Popular Mobilization Units also launched an offensive against Daesh hideouts in Mawali village, situated about 20 kilometers west of Mosul, killing 22 terrorists.
Meanwhile, there are reports that heavy clashes are going on between Iraqi security forces and Daesh Takfiris in Mosul’s eastern district of al-Zahra.
A local source, requesting anonymity, also said Daesh terrorists have moved more than 80 families from the eastern Mosul neighborhood of Faisaliyah to a western district at gunpoint.
The source added that the displacement came as Iraqi soldiers together with their allied Popular Mobilization Units and Kurdish Peshmerga forces are making advancements in battles against Daesh militants in and around Mosul.
After months of preparation, Iraqi army soldiers, backed by volunteer fighters and Kurdish Peshmerga forces, launched an operation on October 17 to retake the strategic city of Mosul from the Daesh terrorists.
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has vowed that Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, will be fully recaptured by year-end.
The World Health Organization (WHO) announced on Tuesday that it has set up 82 “rapid response teams” to manage potential disease outbreaks, chemical exposure and other health concerns among people fleeing Mosul.
The UN agency said internally displaced persons from Mosul could face difficulties with water distribution and sanitation as a direct result of their growing numbers, warning that the risk of food- and water-borne diseases such as cholera is high.