Mosul battle: 180,000 civilians flee as Iraqi troops advance

Mosul battle: 180,000 civilians flee as Iraqi troops advance

"If the number of people leaving the city increases faster than we can construct new plots, the situation could deteriorate very quickly," she added.

Ms Grande also warned that civilians still inside the Old City were at grave risk, with the use of explosives there likely to cause extensive damage where streets were narrow and houses packed closely together.

"Families are at risk of being shot if they leave and they are at risk if they stay," she said. "It's horrible. Hundreds of thousands of civilians are trapped and they are in terrible danger."

Mosul battle: 180,000 civilians flee as Iraqi troops advance

Families have also told the UN that shop shelves are empty. Water and electricity supplies have also been cut and medicines are running out.

"The situation is very dramatic," said Ms Grande. "We fear it will get far worse in the days and weeks ahead."

Residents who have managed to flee say the militants are using civilians as human shields, hiding in houses and forcing young men to fight.

Ali, a former government worker, told Reuters news agency: "All [the militants] are doing now is defending. I hid my sons in the basement and told them: 'If you want my sons you will have to kill me'."

US officials estimate that there are about 2,000 IS fighters left in Mosul.



Add Comment

all comments

  Other news

more
RBS investors ready to settle share sale legal dispute

RBS investors ready to settle share sale legal dispute..

29-May, 06:48

A shareholder group is seeking a settlement with RBS over claims they...

Katie Price shocks Loose Women viewers as husband Kieran Hayler dresses her in conservative floral skirt and cardigan – as Ola Jordan’s husband James styles her in TIGHT pink latex outfit

Katie Price shocks Loose Women viewers as husband Kieran Hayler dresses her in conservative..

29-May, 09:09

The mum of five shocked viewers as she swapped her usual style for a more...

New method improves stability of perovskite quantum dots

New method improves stability of perovskite quantum dots..

29-May, 10:41

EPFL scientists have built a new type of inorganic nanocomposite that...

John Noakes, former Blue Peter presenter, dies aged 83

John Noakes, former Blue Peter presenter, dies aged 83..

29-May, 08:56

His family confirmed the sad news in a statement Former Blue Peter...

Written Off? Island Nations Bemoan Warming

Written Off? Island Nations Bemoan Warming..

05-Mar, 16:15

A third kind of nation is facing global warming. The first kind...

Japan's economy grows 1.2 pct in Oct-Dec, below estimates

Japan's economy grows 1.2 pct in Oct-Dec, below estimates..

07-Mar, 20:48

Revised data show Japan's economy expanded at a slower than hoped for 1.2...

2 killed as India, Pakistan troops trade fire in Kashmir

2 killed as India, Pakistan troops trade fire in Kashmir..

13-May, 04:01

The Indian army says two civilians have been killed and three wounded in...

South Korea's new president Moon to tackle raft of reforms

South Korea's new president Moon to tackle raft of reforms..

12-May, 01:53

South Korea's new president has vowed to take on a challenge that has...