Mosul families flee ongoing "heavy bombing and fighting": UN

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Market porter Mushaifa from the Iraqi city of Mosul with his family at UNHCR's new Hasansham U2 displacement camp. Photo: UNHCR/Caroline Gluck

Ongoing heavy fighting for full control of the Iraqi city of Mosul is putting increasing numbers of people in "grave danger", the UN said on Friday.

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, said that some families have been living on little more than flour and water, and that others have fled the ISIL-held western zone, risking their lives.

The military offensive to retake Mosul from the extremists began in October last year and Iraqi troops are advancing on the remaining areas of western Mosul held by ISIL.

To date, more than 630,000 people have fled the city, as UNHCR's Andrej Mahecic tells Daniel Johnson.

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