West Mosul "a ghost city" devoid of all life: IOM

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Civilians foraging near the Mosul University Presidency building, in the centre of the city, which bears the scars of fighting between Iraqi troops and ISIL militants. Photo: OCHA/ Themba Linden

Recently-liberated West Mosul has become "a ghost city" which is devoid of all life and urgently in need of international funds so residents can return.

That's according to Hala Jaber of the UN migration agency (IOM) who was recently in the most devastated part of Iraq's second-largest city, which was captured by Daesh terrorists in 2014.

She described houses flattened, cars incinerated, and even cats and dogs have forsaken the rubble-strewn streets.

IOM is providing aid to more than 360,000 displaced by the brutal battle for Mosul but only a third of its US$29 million appeal has been funded.

Ms Jaber spoke to Cristina Silveiro on the phone from nearby Erbil.

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