New push to drive IS from 4 neighborhoods in Mosul

Iraq: UN refugee camp opens twelfth camp as displacement escalates in West Mosul

Iraq: UN refugee camp opens twelfth camp as displacement escalates in West Mosul

His visit comes a week-and-a-half after USA -backed Iraqi forces launched a renewed push on the northwestern edge of Mosul in an effort to encircle the old city where ISIS fighters are believed to be holding more than 200,000 civilians hostage as shields.

Separately, the director for Daesh public properties affairs in Tal Afar, identified as Abi al-Bara al-Qahtani, has stolen millions of dollars, and fled the area along with three of his close aides.

Saadi said Baghdadi has fled to an unknown location and expected be plotting further global attacks.

Currently, the Iraqi military and the coalition led by the USA carried out an operation to liberate Mosul.

In March, the US acknowledged its forces launched an airstrike in western Mosul earlier that month that witnesses tell the AP killed more than 100 people. "Daesh fighters are broken and quickly retreating from fronts".

USA -backed air strikes in the tightly-packed neighborhoods have been made more hard, government forces say, by their efforts to avoid civilian casualties.

"This includes more than 434,000 displaced from western Mosul since mid-February", Andrej Mahecic, senior external relations officer at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, said on Friday.

"The risk to people fleeing Mosul is now very great, with people having to move being in grave danger". Families arriving from West Mosul report heavy bombing and fighting.

UNHCR has opened 12 camps for civilians fleeing the conflict in Mosul, and almost 500 children, women and men children have arrived at the newest camp, Hasansham U2, located around 60 km west of the city, since it opened on Tuesday, Mahecic said.

The civilians from al-Zanjili neighborhood in western Mosul were executed after they were caught attempting to escape, an Iraqi military official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, told Spain's Efe news on Saturday.

"Despite enormous risks, the number of people fleeing West Mosul shows no sign of slowing down", said Mahecic.

The operation would enable the Hashd Shaabi units to secure the border areas between Iraq and neighboring Syria and cut off the IS supply routes between Mosul and the Syrian city of Raqqa, the capital of IS self-declared caliphate.

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