IZMIR — Around 250 Iraqi families remain held by the Islamic State (IS) militants in Mosul's Old City, Turkish media reported.
Lieutenant General, Haider Ali al-Shemari, of the Iraqi elite Counter-Terrorism Service (CTS), told Anadolu Agency on Thursday that clashes have occurred in Mosul's Old City between the Iraqi forces and foreign IS militants hiding in underground tunnels in western Mosul.
Shemari further added that around 250 families remain trapped by the IS insurgents in an area of not more than 100 square meters, between al-Qulai'at and the Tigris River. The commander explained that most of the civilians held by the extremist group are women and children, who have no way out, as the IS militants shoot anyone who tried to escape.
The fighting against IS continues, despite the declared full liberation of Mosul, as there are a few dozens IS militants remaining in the Old City, targeting the Iraqi forces with suicide attacks and snipers.