Iraqi forces evacuate 1 000 civilians from Mosul front lines

2016-10-26 11:36
A displaced Iraqi woman carries a child as they arrive to refugee camp in the town of Qayyarah, south of Mosul. (Bulent Kilic, AFP)

A displaced Iraqi woman carries a child as they arrive to refugee camp in the town of Qayyarah, south of Mosul. (Bulent Kilic, AFP)

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Khazer - Iraqi special forces have moved more than 1 000 people from villages near the front lines of the battle to retake the Islamic State-held city of Mosul.

Special forces Major-General Haider Fadhil said the residents of Tob Zawa and other nearby villages have been taken to a camp in the nearby Khazer region for their safety.

READ: On road to Mosul, Kurd doctors fear being overwhelmed

The International Organization for Migration said at least 8 940 people have been displaced since the operation to retake Mosul began on October 17.

Major Salam al-Obeidi said the special forces were undertaking clean-up operations on Wednesday in areas retaken from the militants to the east of the city.

He added troops had uncovered a vast tunnel network used by IS to shuttle fighters and supplies by motorcycle.

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