ISIL prevents civilians from fleeing Mosul’s Old City

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IRAQ-CONFLICT-MOSULIraqi forces members, consisting of the Iraqi federal police and the elite Rapid Response Division, patrol in the Shifa neighbourhood, on the west bank of Mosul, on June 17, 2017, where they are battling some of the last members of the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group in the city. ( AFP PHOTO / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE)

In Iraq, fierce fighting continues for control of Mosul’s Old City. It’s ISIL’s last stronghold and Iraqi forces are advancing. Thousands of civilians are caught in the crosshairs.

CGTN spoke exclusively with two civilians trapped inside.