Iraqis leave the Zanjili neighbourhood in west Mosul on June 3, 2017, during the ongoing offensive by security forces to retake the city from Islamic State (IS) group fighters. / AFP / KARIM SAHIB
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Iraqi forces have since retaken all but a handful of areas around Mosul's Old City, but the militants are fighting in densely populated areas, and have used civilians as human shields at various points in the battle.In Al-Jadida, another area on the city's western side, the U.S. carried out an airstrike allegedly targeting two snipers on the roof of a building.Like many civilians who have fled Mosul, Mohammad recalled with sadness the circumstances people face in the city."I came out of the fire to paradise ... I feel like I am a queen," said Sara Adham, another septuagenarian who had recently left Mosul.She fled with her son and daughter days after the militants stormed her house, which was on the front line with Iraqi forces.
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