Up to 20,000 civilians trapped in ISIS-held areas of Mosul: UN

Iraqi civilians gathering ahead of being evacuated from Mosul on July 1, 2017.
Iraqi civilians gathering ahead of being evacuated from Mosul on July 1, 2017. PHOTO: AFP

BAGHDAD (AFP) - Up to 20,000 civilians are trapped in the last ISIS-held areas in Mosul's Old City, which Iraqi forces are battling to retake, a senior United Nations official said on Thursday (July 6).

"Our estimate at this stage is that in the final pockets of the Old City, there could be as many as 15,000 civilians, possibly even as high as 20,000," UN humanitarian coordinator in Iraq Lise Grande told AFP.

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