Friday, 10 February 2017

Bradford Human Relief staff forced to flee suspect ISIS attack in Mosul, Iraq

Bradford Human Relief staff forced to flee suspect ISIS attack in Mosul, Iraq

A MAN from Bradford and three other staff from a city-based charity were forced to flee for their lives today after a deadly bomb attack - thought to be carried out by terrorist group Islamic State.
The staff from the Human Relief Foundation (HRF), based in Claremont, Bradford, were delivering aid and fresh water to displaced families at a refugee site in Mosul, Iraq, when the blasts happened.
The group of four included Mitch McTough from Barkerend, Kassin Tokan, the charity’s deputy chief executive from Leeds, and fellow workers Waseem Iqbal and Adam Kelwick.
Hasan Faridi, of HRF, said the staff had to immediately flee the war-ravaged city when the bomb blasts started. The two bombings were carried out by suicide bombers, one in a popular restaurant, killing at least five people and injuring more than a dozen others. Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attacks.

Mr Faridi said: “Our team had to scramble out. They were at a camp in Mosul delivering water and supplies. After the blasts, fighting then started between Iraqi security forces and IS, who were attacking the camp. It jeopardised the whole mission and it’s very unlikely they will be able to return. Our volunteers are safe.”
He said that prior to the attack, there had been lots of smiles in the camp from families and children as the volunteers delivered water in partnership with UNICEF.
Mr McTough, 27, an emergency response for the charity in Mosul, said: “There are currently 162,000 people living in displacement camps due to the offensive in Mosul. HRF are meeting the immediate needs for water in the eastern part of the city - providing emergency water relief to over 62,000 people in Mosul daily.

“When we heard the blast we had to immediately evacuate to put our staff out of the danger zone. We have had to move east to the edge of Mosul. As soon as the bombs went off there was gunfire, the Iraqi forces got into position to counter fire. When you first hear the explosion the first thought is 'how far away is it?' It was very loud but we’re in a conflict environment so we have to be aware at all times. We get information and you can hear drones buzzing overhead, when we heard it everyone had to get out of the car because you can’t risk anything. What you have to remember is this was just one attack, the people living in this camp have to experience this on a daily basis.”
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