A bomb exploded in the Ras Al-Jadah area in the old Mosul on the right side of the city on Monday, killing an Iraqi journalist and three French journalists accompanying the anti-terrorist forces in the area. In a statement received by Sky Press, the Association for the Defense of Press Freedom in Iraq said that “the correspondent of the French newspaper Le Figaro, Bakhtiar Haddad, was killed on the western side of Mosul after being targeted with improvised explosive devices, which also injured three other French journalists.” “The Iraqi journalist and his colleagues were covering the fighting in an area between Bab Sinjar and Ras al-Jadah, together with the anti-terrorist agency, before an explosive device exploded near them.”
On Monday, Iraqi forces moved into the old city of western Mosul as part of their offensive against the last bastion of the city, warning civilians to be in open places and calling on the group to surrender. On Sunday, Iraqi forces stormed the old city in the western part of Mosul in northern Iraq, seeking to expel the last elements of the Al-Qaeda organization, eight months after the start of military operations. The United Nations said on Friday more than 100,000 Iraqi civilians were being held by Islamic state militants as human shields in the old city of Mosul. Military officials expected the fighting to be extremely difficult, and the fighting could last for weeks. And the organization of a besieged besieged on three sides by the security forces, and from the fourth side of the Tigris River, so there is no possibility of escape. Iraqi forces began last October the largest military operation in Iraq in years, to regain control of Mosul. It resumed the eastern part of the city in January and launched Operation West in February.
The International Rescue Committee warned in a statement Sunday of the great dangers faced by already suffering civilians. “It will be a terrifying stage for some 100,000 people still stranded in the old city of Mosul and are now at risk of being besieged in the fight against the expected violent streets,” said Nora Loew, Iraq’s representative in Iraq. “Both the international coalition forces and the Iraqi forces must make every effort to maintain the security of civilians during these final stages of the battle in Mosul.” The Save the Children is concerned about the fate of some 50,000 children, half the number of civilians trapped.
“These children are suffering from running out of food and water and face violence wherever they go,” said Anna Loxin of the WHO. “The impact of artillery and explosive weapons is likely to be more lethal and indiscriminate, making vulnerable children more vulnerable.” Since the start of military operations eight months ago, some 862,000 people have been displaced from Mosul, of which some 195,000 have returned, mostly to areas east of Mosul.