GRAPHIC CONTENT: VIDEO Shows Iraqi Civilians Flee Mosul Fighting against ISIS
Residents of Mosul are being deliberately targeted by the Islamic State (ISIS / Daesh / ISIL / IS) group as they leave the city, UK broadcaster Sky News reported on Friday.
Sky broadcast footage of people leaving the Al Bakr of East Mosul, filmed on Wednesday, where Iraqi Special Forces are clearing the area of ISIS group fighters.
Iraqi troops advanced cautiously into eastern districts of Mosul on Friday, facing stiff resistance from ISIS militants a day after they paused their assault due to poor visibility, officers said.
Airstrikes, automatic fire and artillery were heard from dawn and one soldier was reported killed in clashes.
Civilians, some of them wounded, could be seen fleeing the fighting.
Mosul is the last major holdout for the militants in Iraq.
Driving them out would deal a severe blow to the ISIS group's self-styled caliphate stretching into Syria.
Source: Al Alam