- Title: Mosul displaced speak of final days under Islamic State
- Date: 8th November 2016
- Summary: SHAHRAZAD, IRAQ (NOVEMBER 8, 2016) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF DISPLACED PEOPLE WALKING VARIOUS OF MEN WAITING IN LINE TO BE CHECKED BY IRAQI FORCES MEN WAITING IN LINE VARIOUS OF MEN UNLOADING AID PACKAGES MEN STACKING AID PACKAGES VARIOUS OF AID BEING DISTRIBUTED TO DISPLACED PEOPLE (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) DISPLACED MAN FROM INTISAR NEIGHBOURHOOD, NAME NOT GIVEN, SAYING: "Ten days - we have been living under air strikes for ten days. We could not escape, all directions were blocked. The army would shell the Daesh militants in the area, then when the army captured the town, Daesh began retaliating." VARIOUS OF DISPLACED PEOPLE CARRYING THEIR BELONGINGS AND WALKING TOWARDS TRUCKS THAT WILL TAKE THEM TO REFUGEE CAMPS VARIOUS OF DISPLACED PEOPLE CLIMBING INTO THE TRUCKS DISPLACED MAN IN WHEELCHAIR, TALAL HASHEM, MOVING TOWARDS THE TRUCKS WITH FAMILY MEMBERS (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) DISPLACED MAN FROM INTISAR NEIGHBOURHOOD, TALAL HASHEM, SAYING: "(The situation) was tragic, it was bad, there was no food, no water, air strikes targeted us. We went through tough times." VARIOUS OF DISPLACED PEOPLE BOARDING TRUCKS DISPLACED PEOPLE WAITING TO BOARD TRUCKS VARIOUS DISPLACED PEOPLE WALKING TOWARDS TRUCKS
- Embargoed: 23rd November 2016 13:47
- Keywords: Iraq Mosul Islamic State displaced Shahrazad fighting air strikes fleeing
- Location: SHAHRAZAD, IRAQ
- City: SHAHRAZAD, IRAQ
- Country: Iraq
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace,Insurgencies
- Reuters ID: LVA00157L58P3
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Iraqis fleeing the Intisar neighbourhood in eastern Mosul on Tuesday (November 8) spoke of their desperate plight as Iraqi government forces, backed by U.S.-led air strikes, pushed to recapture the city from Islamic State.
Hundreds of civilians poured into the Shahrazad district, now behind the Iraqi army's frontline, to be transported to refugee camps.
Iraqi forces screened the men waiting in lines.
"Ten days - we have been living under air strikes for ten days. We could not escape, all directions were blocked. The army would shell the Daesh militants in the area, then when the army captured the town, Daesh began retaliating," one man said, using an Arabic acronym for the militants.
Another man, Talal Hashem, said the situation "was tragic, it was bad, there was no food, no water. Air strikes targeted us. We went through tough times."
Thousands of people have left Mosul since Iraq's regular troops and special forces - along with Shi'ite militias, Kurdish peshmerga fighters and other groups launched their campaign to retake the city nearly three weeks ago.
So far 31,000 people have been displaced, of whom more than 3,000 have already returned to their homes, according to the International Organization for Migration.
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