A lot of attention has been focused on the fighting and humanitarian situation in Mosul’s east as Iraqi forces seek to eject ISIL from their last stronghold in the country and quickly relocate residents to camps as they flee.
CCTV’s Jack Barton reports.
While Iraqi Special Forces battle ISIL inside Mosul’s east a variety of forces are approaching the city from all other directions.
In the northern front, like the eastern front, there is a rising number of displaced residents, but unlike that front there is no easy access to the camps or humanitarian aid. Instead assistance is trucked in.
The local government is doing it’s best to help, but there’s not enough and the queue is still long when the truck leaves.
There is a voucher system, but it’s chaotic and again too little for too many.
A few of these people who still possess vehicles are managing to drive out, but most of these people remain in limbo. They are no longer under the control of ISIL, but there’s no infrastructure or vehicles that can get them to the camps that are too far away to walk so for now they are stuck here.
It’s a desperate situation for people who have already suffered so much. The numbers are still small, but the battle for Mosul’s north is still to come and expected soon.