Hundreds flee ISIL rocket attacks in Iraq's E. Mosul

ISIL militants have pounded eastern Mosul with rocket-fire over past 72 hours, according to local police sources

Hundreds flee ISIL rocket attacks in Iraq's E. Mosul

World Bulletin / News Desk

Hundreds of Iraqi civilians have fled "liberated" areas of eastern Mosul amid ongoing rocket attacks by ISIL extremists, according to local security sources. 

"Hundreds of families have fled their homes in northeastern Mosul," Iraqi Police Brigadier-General Omran Mohamed said on Wednesday. 

Over the past 72 hours, he said, ISIL militants had launched numerous rocket barrages at the war-battered city’s eastern districts. 

"A number of civilians have been killed and injured in the attacks," Mohamed asserted. 

According to the police officer, the security situation in "liberated" parts of eastern Mosul has deteriorated sharply as a result of the attacks. 

Meanwhile, Iraqi warplanes have carried out raids on ISIL positions in the city’s western districts. 

"We struck two structures used by ISIL to house fighters and store food and fuel," Iraqi fighter pilot Daud al-Hashemi said. 

A number of ISIL militants have been killed in the strikes, he said, without providing exact numbers. 

The Iraqi army, backed by U.S.-led coalition warplanes, is currently engaged in a wide-ranging offensive to retake Mosul, which ISIL overran in mid-2014.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 01 Şubat 2017, 17:08