Military turning in Iraq, where Baghdad forces are gaining ground and now control most of the eastern part of Mosul, located on the right bank of the Tigris, the river that divides the city in two. Iraqi troops launched a major offensive on last October 17 to reconquer the city that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi – Isis leader – had proclaimed as his caliphate in 2014.
The city – which in 2010 had more than a million and a half inhabitants – is currently under attack on two fronts. “Mosul is divided in two parts – said a senior Iraqi commander, General Talib Shaghati – one east of the Tigris and the other to the west. The city’s rescue plan is to surround it; Iraqi forces are advancing in the east and they control the majority. We are also heading in the west to free it. ”
With the continuation of the fighting, there is growing alarm refugees. According to the International Organization for Migration., From last October 17 around 76,000 people have left their homes. Only 7,000 have already been able to return to areas liberated by the militia. According to the Italian Ong INTERSOS, engaged in emergency
humanitarian area of Mosul, in the displaced people area known as “Jeddah” there are about 10 thousand people. “And every day hundreds of new displaced arrive” tells to Ansa John Mink, responsible for InterSOS communication. And he concludes, cold Iraqi winter is almost upon us.