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Iraqi Vice President Describes Situation in Mosul as 'Catastrophic'

© REUTERS / Andres Martinez CasaresResidents receive food at a distribution point in Mosul, Iraq, April 10, 2017
Residents receive food at a distribution point in Mosul, Iraq, April 10, 2017 - Sputnik International
The situation in Iraqi Mosul is "catastrophic" due to lack of food and medication in the city, Iraqi Vice-President Osama Nujaifi said Monday.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The Daesh terror group (banned in Russia) jihadists took over Mosul in June 2014, and the operation aimed at liberating the city from the terrorists started in October 2016. The eastern part of the city was liberated by Iraqi and US-led coalition forces in late January, and in February, Iraqi forces began their operation to liberate the western Mosul from Daesh.

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"The situation is catastrophic amid famine and lack of food and medicine, which make the city live [in] an unbearable situation," Nujaifi said, as quoted by the Anadolu news agency.

On April 1, Brig. Gen. Shaker Alwan Khafaji, one of the Iraqi Federal Police heads, told Sputnik that only 25-30 percent of western Mosul's territory was under the terrorists' control and that Iraqi government forces are continuing in their efforts to liberate the city's districts.

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