As a result of the liberation from militants of the terrorist organization “Islamic state” (banned in Russia), about one million civilians may be forced to leave the city, said the representative of the Iraqi branch of the International Committee of the red cross (ICRC) Sarah al-Samkari.
“The humanitarian situation in Iraq, overall, is extremely difficult. There are more than 3 million displaced persons, and now, as soon as the operation in Mosul, we expect that hundreds of thousands of people left the city. The number can reach a million. That’s a big number and these people will need basic necessities: shelter, food, water, medicine. As soon as the operation starts, of course, people try to escape from violence, the ICRC and we will be there at the closest point, so that we can help those who are leaving the city with the necessary”, — quotes its words of RIA Novosti.
Earlier on Saturday, October 15, the Iraqi air force dropped thousands of leaflets on Mosul with a warning about the impending attack. “Time of victory” — written on the leaflets, designed in newspaper style. “The time to praise pure of Iraq without ISIS or any dark faith” — are contained in the text of the leaflet the words of the Prime Minister of Iraq Haider al-Abadi. A four-page leaflets told residents that coalition forces move to the second largest Iraqi city. Residents are asked to stay away from certain parts of the city and avoid the ISIS positions.
In the night of Sunday, the Turkish Anadolu news Agency, citing a commander of the Kurdish armed units (Peshmerga) Omar Hussein announced that the us military began shelling the positions of militants “Islamic state” in Mosul. According to him, the U.S. military strikes from howitzers at the positions of terrorists. Artillery US located 20 kilometers from the city center of Mosul. Hussein also said that the planes of the US-led coalition bombarded the ISIL positions in Mosul.
“The terrorists of the “Islamic state” began to burn tires in order to reduce the visibility once coalition aircraft began shelling the region,” the commander added.