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    Nearly 500,000 Civilians Displaced in Six Months of Mosul Campaign

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    Almost half a million people have been displaced since the start of the fight to liberate the Iraqi city of Mosul from Daesh.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Nearly half a million people have been displaced in the six-month campaign to reclaim the Iraqi city of Mosul from terrorists, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said Monday, confirming local authorities' figures.

    "Already, more than 493,000 people have left, leaving almost everything behind," Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq Lise Grande said in a statement.

    An Iraqi Federal Police member descends a ladder in a street controlled by Iraqi forces during combats between Iraqi forces and Islamic State in Mosul, Iraq, April 1, 2017
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    Abdul Sattar Habbo, Mosul municipality chief, told Sputnik earlier this month that up to half a million people have fled Iraq's second-largest city.

    As many as 500,000 civilians could remain in parts of western Mosul under Daesh jihadist group control, OCHA estimates.

    "Our worst case scenario when the fighting started was that up to one million civilians may flee Mosul," Grande said.

    The UN humanitarian office said in February that 217,000 people have fled Mosul since the liberation campaign began in October 2016.

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