Iraq’s battle for Mosul made over 148,000 homeless

Orient Net 2017-01-17 10:47:00

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The United Nations says the massive Iraqi military operation to retake the city of Mosul from the ISIS group has made more than 148,000 people homeless.

The UN said in a statement released on Monday night that nearly 12,500 people were forced to flee their homes just over the past week.

The statement also says that the fighting over Iraq’s second-largest city continues to inflict relatively high civilian casualties, with more than 1,500 wounded taken hospitals in the nearby city of Irbil for trauma care.

More than a million people were estimated to still be living in Mosul in October, when Baghdad forces alog with Shiite militias launched the operation to retake the country’s second largest city from ISIS.