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Extremely concerned for 1.5 mn civilians: UN

The UN deputy Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief voiced grave concern at risks faced by civilians as operations to retake the Iraqi city of Mosul began. “I am extremely concerned for the safety of up to 1.5 million people living in Mosul, who may be impacted by military operations to retake the city from ISIL,” Stephen O’Brien said. He warned that “families are at extreme risk of being caught in cross-fire or targeted by snipers.”  The northern city was where IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi publicly proclaimed a “caliphate” straddling Iraq and Syria in June 2014.
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