Residents in eastern Mosul attempt to return to normal15/01/2017
As fighting goes on between ISIL militants and Iraqi soldiers in the city of Mosul, many people in eastern districts recaptured by government forces are attempting to return to some kind of normal daily life.
Markets are back selling food as people venture out onto the streets and repairs are being carried out.Iraqi forces have made swift territorial gains against ISIS in Mosul after months of slow progress https://t.co/dsIAlXZre2 pic.twitter.com/EMWQE2eBZj— CBS News (@CBSNews) January 14, 2017
Municipal worker Ahmad Fathi said: “We’re fixing the pipes to make sure people have water, to hopefully live happily and comfortably.
“There are many broken water pipes. We’re able to get water to Tahrir (district) but the network isn’t back to normal yet. We have pipes in Sukkar (district) that are broken and we’ll keep working to get water to everyone.”
Football games are even being played, with young people returning to sports grounds.TOPSHOT: Civilians walk past Iraqi forces as they flee Mosul's southeastern Al–Mithaq neighbourhood on Jan 3, 2017— Ahmad Mousa (@AhmadMousaQ) January 5, 2017
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Osama, the manager of one football pitch, told reporters: “When ISIL came here the young men slowly left. People stopped coming here.
“The (militants) had many rules. Clothes with logos were not allowed, shorts were not allowed, our beards had to be long, we would have to stand in line in the pitch. They had many rules.”
The Iraqi military, backed up by US airstrikes, is vowing to rid Mosul of ISIL militants who captured the city in 2014.
Soldiers have made big advances in the east of Mosul, with the city’s main university recently recaptured.Iraqi military says Mosul university fully liberated in key step toward retaking the Islamic State-held city. https://t.co/aZvnpc6Cvf— The Associated Press (@AP) January 15, 2017
The rebels are still in control of the western districts, across the Tigris river, but soldiers have recaptured the eastern gates of key bridges, ahead of what could be an imminent offensive westwards.
I met civilians in Mosul who were injured by grenades dropped from ISIS drones which are causing panic over Mosul https://t.co/Mfj4XnUNmw— Campbell MacDiarmid (@CampbellMacD) January 15, 2017
Up to 30 civilians 'killed in US-led coalition air strike' on Mosul https://t.co/u5khanafTa— The Independent (@Independent) January 14, 2017
In battle for #Mosul, Iraqi units are relying less on tanks and more on “nimble” forces. Via
WSJ</a> <a href="https://t.co/XjAyFpThZt">https://t.co/XjAyFpThZt</a></p>— Crispin Burke (CrispinBurke) January 15, 2017
In Mosul areas retaken from Islamic State, loss and fear linger https://t.co/DTQ6JowDWX