- Title: Residents of Iraq's Hammam al-Alil receive aid after its recapture from IS
- Date: 16th November 2016
- Summary: HAMMAM AL-ALIL, MOSUL, IRAQ (NOVEMBER 16, 2016) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF WOMEN AND CHILDREN SITTING NEAR A DESTROYED BUILDING MEN AND CHILDREN WAITING FOR AID PACKAGES MEN AND CHILDREN STANDING/TRUCKS CARRYING AID DRIVE IN VARIOUS OF PEOPLE STACKING AID PACKAGES VARIOUS OF RESIDENTS OF THE TOWN STANDING IN STREET (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) RESIDENT OF HAMMAM AL-ALIL, MOHAMMED FARIS, SAYING: "Over the past few years, when Daesh (Islamic State) was in control of these areas, we did not receive any food staples. Our salaries all stopped, the situation was very difficult here in this area. This aid is needed, people do not have much, they have no money, no food. Everything was in bad shape." PEOPLE IN STREET (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) TALAL AHMAD, SAYING: "The economic situation under Daesh (Islamic State) was okay, but there was no liquidity. Only the very basic goods were available. Homes were surviving from day to day. RESIDENTS CARRYING BOXES OF AID VARIOUS OF CHILDREN CARRYING BOXES OF AID
- Embargoed: 1st December 2016 12:12
- Keywords: Hammam al-Alil humanitarian aid Iraq Islamic State Mosul civilians
- Location: HAMMAM AL-ALIL, MOSUL, IRAQ
- City: HAMMAM AL-ALIL, MOSUL, IRAQ
- Country: Iraq
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace
- Reuters ID: LVA00158P1ZRB
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:Hundreds of Iraqis who recently returned to Hammam al-Alil, southeast of Mosul, after its recapture from Islamic State, received aid and food packages on Wednesday (November 16).
The men, women and children waited in line to receive food items and aid packages from humanitarian agencies and the Iraqi army.
"Over the past few years, when Daesh (Islamic State) was in control of these areas, we did not receive any food staples. Our salaries all stopped, the situation was very difficult here in this area. This aid is needed, people do not have much, they have no money, no food. Everything was in bad shape," said Mohammed Faris, a Hammam al-Alil resident.
According to the Iraqi military, a mass grave with over 100 decapitated corpses of civilians was found in Hammam al-Alil last week.
The militants reportedly transported 1,600 abducted civilians from Hammam al-Alil to Tal Afar before its recapture, possibly for use as human shields against air strikes, and told some they may be taken to Syria. They also reportedly took 150 families from Hammam al-Alil to Mosul.
Many buildings in the town have been damaged or destroyed in the fighting.
An operation involving the Iraqi army, Kurdish forces, Shi'ite and tribal militias and backed by U.S.-led air strikes has driven the jihadists out of many areas surrounding Mosul, with the aim of recapturing its last major city stronghold in Iraq.
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