We are struggling to cope with numbers fleeing ISIS & government air strikes – Mosul aid worker to RT

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‘Humanitarian organizations are in a state of “continuous crisis” with thousands fleeing Iraq’s second-biggest city of Mosul daily, as the government offensive, backed by a US-led coalition air force, reaches its decisive stage.

“Civilians are fleeing en-masse and they are telling us that they are terrified – of both what they face at the hands of ISIS, but also the bombs from the air strikes that fall on their heads,” Elisabeth Koek, Advocacy and Information Adviser at the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) in Iraq, told RT from Erbil, the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan.

On Friday, Iraqi authorities reported that 14,000 fled Western Mosul in a single day – the biggest outflow since the offensive began last October. On Saturday, another 8,000 were reported to have escaped from the city, which has been under Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) control since 2014.’

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