“This was our home, it fell and five people died, my mother and my wife in addition to three daughters of my brother, no one stayed alive. As you see, the house is in ruins and nothing was left in it.”
This is one of the many Mosul residents who’s house has been destroyed by constant ISIS shelling and bombardment. Despite the fact that Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) cleared the eastern side of Mosul from ISIS militants, neighbourhoods along the eastern bank of the Tigris river are being continuously targeted with shelling, drone attacks and occasionally suicide attacks.
There are reports that the Iraqi forces have imposed a curfew on all the neighbourhoods on the eastern bank of the Tigris River due to the amount of ISIS attacks on civilians and residential neighbourhoods.
According to the United Nations Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), more than 1340 residents from primarily north and central neighbourhoods of east Mosul have fled their homes due to the deteriorating security situation in their areas.
It is though that the security situation on the eastern bank of the Tigris River will begin to stabilise once Iraqi forces restart their campaign to liberate the rest of the city, as ISIS currently lack the ability and resources to put up a stiff defence, while launching attacks on the eastern front.