Hundreds of civilians who fled fighting near ISIS-controlled Mosul last week are stranded without basic humanitarian assistance.
Families have been living for up to six days in abandoned homes and a school building in Baybukh village, about 6 km (4 miles) from the frontline at Mosul’s northern border.
The army is fighting within sight of city neighbourhoods, but advances have been slowed by the presence of civilians who officers say are being used by the terrorists as human shields. Four weeks into the campaign to crush ISIS terrorist organization in Mosul, the city is almost surrounded. But the jihadists’ defences have been breached so far only to the east, where they have battled elite troops for control of up to a dozen districts.