Half a million Iraqis displaced as rebels take over Mosul CityListen /
Approximately 500,000 people have fled from Mosul, Iraq's second largest city that has been taken over by rebel fighters, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM).
Over the weekend there was heavy fighting between Iraqi security forces and the Armed Opposition Groups (AOGs).
IOM says that on Monday the Iraqi security forces left the city, allowing the AOG's to take control, including government buildings, Mosul International Airport and all police and military bases.
Christiane Berthiaume from IOM told Mamadou Alpha Diallo that Iraq has been plagued by violence since the beginning of the year.