An Iraqi soldier was reunited with his family on the front lines of the battle to retake Mosul on Tuesday, October 18, as they fled the Islamic State-stronghold, according to footage released by Kurdish news outlet Rudaw.
They had not seen each other in two years — since IS seized control of the city.
The first group of civilians fleeing Mosul reached safety in al-Hud village on Tuesday, Rudaw reported.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, 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/Rudaw.