Children of Mosul

Mosul hospitals ‘overwhelmed’ by child casualties
 Iraqi soldiers and family rush 12-year-old Mohammed (C-R) and 15-year-old Shafiq (C-L) to an outdoor field clinic on their Humvee in the Al-Samah neighbourhood in Mosul on November 13, 2016 after a double-barreled mortar attack 

Iraqi soldiers and family rush 12-year-old Mohammed (C-R) and 15-year-old Shafiq (C-L) to an outdoor field clinic on their Humvee in the Al-Samah neighbourhood in Mosul after a double-barreled mortar attack CREDIT: AFP

 Telegraph Reporters 

14 NOVEMBER 2016 • 11:30AM

Hospitals near Mosul report being “overwhelmed” by growing numbers of children suffering gunshot wounds, burns and mutilations, as fighting intensifies between Iraqi forces and Isil militants.
As troops push deeper into the city, civilians are increasingly being injured and killed as they try to flee. 
“People are coming to us with major trauma injuries, some with exhaustion, some caught in crossfire,” said one medic near Mosul.

 

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“I’m seeing maybe a dozen children a day now, coming with gunshots, burns, shrapnel wounds,” he said, not wishing to give his name. 
Medics treat 12-year-old Mohammed in the Al-Samah neighbourhood in Mosul on November 13, 2016 

Medics treat 12-year-old Mohammed in the Al-Samah neighbourhood in Mosul CREDIT: AFP
In one case, he said an eight-year-old boy died after he was blown apart when he and a friend triggered an improvised explosive device left by militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil). The friend was partially disembowelled by the blast but survived.
Another medic said a girl around the age of nine turned up on her own with burns over her entire body.
“I was trying to keep her calm, she was in severe pain. She said that her family had been hit by the bomb and she’d watched her brother die,” he said.
Iraqi forces advance into Mosul districtPlay!00:33
Doctors receiving critical cases at a hospital in the nearby city of Erbil told Save the Children that badly injured young children were arriving without their parents, who are not allowed to travel because of security restrictions.
Families fleeing the city are made to go through screening to assess whether they have any link to the Islamist group that has controlled the city for more than two years. 
Iraqi special forces entered Mosul earlier this month, gaining a foothold on the city’s eastern edges. But the advance has slowed as they push into more densely populated neighborhoods.
Iraqi forces re-take Isil-controlled towns on the road to MosulPlay!01:30
Elite Iraqi forces were yesterday engaged in “intense” fighting with jihadists in eastern Mosul, as civilians gathered on the city’s outskirts to flee the violence.
“There were three car bombs coming out from al-Bakr toward our positions that we spotted with our drone and hit with our tanks,” Staff Lieutenant Colonel Muntadhar Salem told AFP.
He said they managed to shoot down drone Isil had been using to observe their positions.
Islamic State burn oil wells in MosulPlay!00:33
Aram Shakaram, Save the Children’s Iraq deputy country director, said all caution must be taken to protect civilians.
“It’s shocking to hear that children are suffering this range of serious injuries in such high numbers and are waiting days to receive medical treatment. All sides to this conflict must ensure children are protected from the dangers of warfare and are never caught in the crossfire,” he said.
The number of people displaced since the Mosul offensive was launched a month ago has more than doubled in a week to more than 45,000.
More than one million residents are thought to still be trapped with no safe passage out.
Civilians flee amid ongoing Mosul operationPlay!00:59

Increasingly panicked at the prospect of a revolt inside the city, jihadists have in recent days begun executing people it accuses of being “spies” and “dissenters”.
One resident, who writes anonymously online under the name Mosul Eye, said fighters are demonstrating increasing brutality.
Earlier this week he saw 50 men crucified and hung up on electricity poles in a public square. “One of the men was still alive, covered with blood,” he writes. “No one dared to help him. If they approached to save him they will end up being hung (sic) like him, and if they stay silent they’ll feel bad about him.
“All I can think of is the faces of the crucified men,” he says.

 
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2 thoughts on “Children of Mosul

    1. I don’t like it either but I like your honesty.. want the 🌎 to know innocence men, women,children and babies are dying.. and it’s wrong.. all they want is peace and to raise their families.. she their children grow up.. and it’s 😭..

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