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Iraqi Police Forces Evacuate Hundreds of Families From Village South of Mosul

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Iraqi police forces evacuated hundreds of families from Al Bijwaniyah, about 30 miles south of Mosul, on Tuesday, October 18, after liberating the village from the Islamic State.

More than 900 civilians have fled Mosul since Monday, when Iraqi forces launched an offensive to retake the IS-stronghold, the UN refugee agency said.

The United Nations has warned of an impending humanitarian crisis as Iraq launches a campaign to retake the city of Mosul from Islamic State.

The UN Refugee Agency said it had stepped up efforts to assist hundreds of thousands of people displaced from Iraq’s second-largest city.

Speaking in Baghdad on Monday, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi sought assurances from the Iraqi government that civilian protection would be “part of the military strategy” for retaking Mosul.

The organization has warned that the offensive could force an additional one million people to flee. Some 3.

3 million Iraqis have fled their homes in the last two and a half years, according to the UN Refugee Agency. Credit: Facebook/ALMawsleya.

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