Civilian homes in ruins after ISIS shelling and bombing in Mosul

More than 40 percent of western Mosul has been destroyed as a result of intense fighting as well as the systematic targeting of civilian homes and infrastructure by ISIS. Destruction in the city overall has reached 60 percent, comprising around 80 percent of the infrastructure, including bridges and water and electricity facilities.

Meanwhile, a large number of civilian causalities remain trapped under the rubble. Reports suggest that most hospitals in Mosul are out of operation. 6 government hospitals as well as 32 medical centres as a result of the battle.

Additionally, 3 power stations, 7 water facilities, around 200 schools and 5 colleges were also damaged, as well as the buildings of Mosul University. In January, the Iraqi government approved 27 UN-sponsored projects for the reconstruction of Mosul’s liberated areas, but is yet to determine a time frame to start the work.

ISIS has launched a number of random attacks on neighbourhoods in the western part of Mosul which it has lost control over, causing numerous civilian casualties. The terrorist group has been known to punish civilians who attempt to flee from its strongholds.

Iraqi forces continue to push further into west Mosul in an attempt to liberate ISIS’ most important stronghold in Iraq. Although progress recently has been slow, Iraqi troops currently control more than a third of west Mosul.