Over 100000 civilians trapped behind Islamic State lines in Mosul

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The militants stormed the Dandan neighbourhood from the Tigris River on Wednesday, killing 11 federal police and five civilians, highlighting the resilience of the group despite recent setbacks on the ground.

The 39 people from Punjab now trapped in Iraq's war-torn Mosul are presumed to be alive, said the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), as the Indian government has received no information to the contrary.

39 Indians taken hostage in the Iraqi city of Mosul by the fighters aligned to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in 2014 are alive.

The United Nations refugee agency UNHCR said over 100,000 civilians were trapped there and the Islamic State was using kids as human shields. "More than 100,000 civilians may still be held in the Old City", Geddo told reporters in Geneva.

Iraqi forces on Tuesday reported progress in the US-backed campaign to dislodge Daesh from Mosul, announcing the capture of a district just north the city's historic center.

Kurdish forces backed by US -air strikes are also besieging Islamic State forces in the city of Raqqa, the militants' de facto capital in neighboring Syria.

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Indeed if anything, ISIS' ability to hold off advances into their territory in the Old City seems to have them trying to push out again into areas to try to seize territory.

More than half a million people have been displaced from west Mosul since the campaign began to defeat the ISIS group there, following the liberation of the eastern half in January.

Geddo said food, water, fuel and electricity are scarce as people become increasingly poor. Snipers meanwhile try to kill anyone trying to leave the area under jihadist control, he said, adding that the few who manage to escape are "deeply traumatised".

Geddo said the UNHCR opened its 13th camp two weeks ago to accommodate the growing numbers of people fleeing Mosul.

Grande said that if more than 40,000 people flee at one time, no institution in the world can help, so the Iraqi military has made a real effort when they attack a neighborhood to keep the daily flight of people below the saturation point of 20,000.