The people still living in western Mosul are surrounded by ruins. Drone footage from the city shows the extent of damage caused by recent fighting between Iraqi-led forces and "Islamic State" militants.
UN officials have accused "Islamic State" extremists of using children as a "weapon of war" to deter families from fleeing violence. Iraqi-led forces have surrounded the militant group in its last bastion in Mosul.
Iraqi forces are creating safe passage routes for civilians trapped by IS by dividing the militant group's territory. Despite that effort, the UN said civilians under IS occupation face "almost unimaginable" danger.
"Islamic State" militants have blown up the al-Nuri mosque in Mosul where their leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, declared a self-styled caliphate in 2014. It comes as Iraqi forces push into Mosul's Old City.
The Iraqi army, special forces, and the police, have launched a joint assault on Mosul's Old City, the last foothold of the "Islamic State" (IS) militia. Up to 150,000 civilians are reportedly trapped by fighting.
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