News in the Humanosphere: Fight to take back Mosul displaces more than 500,000 people

A Peshmerga convoy drives towards a frontline on Monday, Oct. 17, 2016. The Iraqi military and the country’s Kurdish forces say they launched operations to the south and east of militant-held Mosul early Monday morning. (AP Photo/Bram Janssen)

The scale of people displaced from Mosul since the start of military operations to retake the city from Islamic State terrorists has stretched relief efforts to their “operational limits,” a senior U.N. official said. “Our worst case scenario when the fighting started was that up to one million civilians may flee Mosul. Already, more than 493,000 people have left, leaving almost everything behind,” Lise Grande, the Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq, said. “The sheer volume of civilians still fleeing Mosul city is staggering…we are doing everything we can but this has been a long battle and the assault on the old city hasn’t started.” (UN News Center http://bit.ly/2prjMJK)

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