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Thousands of civilians at risk in Mosul crossfire

Civilian casualties are mounting during the Mosul operation, as thousands of people are stuck on the battlefield.
An Iraqi soldier fires a RPG in Karamah, south of Mosul, Iraq November 10, 2016. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic      TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY      - RTX2T169
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MOSUL, Iraq — Since the start of the highly anticipated Mosul offensive on Oct. 17, Iraqi security forces have received over 40,000 civilians fleeing eastern Mosul, according to a report published Nov. 9, by the Ministry of Displacement and Migration.

For two days, as Iraqi special forces battled Islamic State (IS) militants east of Mosul, Adib, who lives in the Intisar neighborhood in eastern Mosul, was trapped in the crossfire, unable to bury his brother's body as it began to decompose.

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