Death & destruction: Learn more about liberation of Mosul
It’s been months since the Mosul operation began, and – unlike in the coverage of the liberation of Aleppo – Western media have lauded it. But RT has been on the ground in Mosul and discovered more to the story: civilian deaths and damage caused by the US-led coalition's strikes.
21 March 201716:00 GMT
RT recounts the horrifying stories of some of the victims of the battle from Mosul, who suffered from both the jihadists and advancing Iraqi forces, backed by US-led coalition airstrikes.
READ MORE: Whether from ISIS shells or US-led coalition bombs, civilians suffering in Mosul (VIDEO)
- 13:57 GMT
RT’s Murad Gazdiev and his crew have filmed parts of western Mosul roughly 1km from the frontline between the US-backed coalition and Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL). Though the area is now considered to be liberated from IS, it looks like no man’s land, scorched and carpet-bombed.
READ MORE: Price of liberation: Civilian exodus, bombed-out streets filmed by RT in Mosul (VIDEO)
- 10:40 GMT
A Ruptly crew captured unique 360-degree footage of a Mosul hospital retaken from Islamic State. Though damaged in house-to-house fighting, the facility still seems relatively untouched in comparison with the lifeless burnt-out vicinity.
20 March 201720:14 GMT
Two United Nations officials appeared on RT on Monday, with both UN secretary general deputy spokesman Farhan Haq and UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) representative Matthew Saltmarsh saying that around 300,000 people are expected to escape western Mosul in a new wave of displacement.
READ MORE: 300,000 more civilians may flee western Mosul as fighting intensifies – UNHCR spokesman to RT
- 12:01 GMT
A photo tweeted by the UN Refugee Agency shows a nine-year-old girl from west Mosul clutching her doll.
"I couldn't leave without her," she said, according to the agency.
"I couldn't leave without her." 9-year-old Zahraa from west Mosul clutches her weathered dolly. Via @UNHCRIraqpic.twitter.com/Hy7y6MJeIh— UN Refugee Agency (@Refugees) March 20, 2017
- 11:44 GMT
Iraq's immigration minister, Jassim Mohammed, says the number of displaced people from both sides of Mosul has reached 355,000 since the start of the campaign, Reuters reported.
A total of 180,000 people have fled west Mosul, AFP cited the Iraqi government as saying.
- 11:31 GMT
Many civilians fleeing Mosul are having difficulty finding shelter at camps, arriving to find there is no room. They are then being forced to get back onto buses or hire taxis to reach other areas, Reuters reported.
- 11:27 GMT
The Iraqi army clashed with Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) militants in the area of Mosul's al-Nuri mosque, also known as the Great Mosque.
- 11:23 GMT
A five-year-old girl was the sole survivor of an airstrike on her home in Mosul's Jadeda neighborhood. She is now fighting for her life in the field hospital of Iraq Special Operations Forces.
Warning: GRAPHIC VIDEO
- 11:21 GMT
RT's Ruptly crew managed to capture 360-degree footage of an unexploded bomb-laden vehicle reinforced with improvised armor plates that seems to have miraculously survived an airstrike on a house in Mosul.