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500 families evacuated amidst IS, Iraqi army clashes in Mosul

Syrian refugees who fled the violence in Syria, are seen at a new refugee camp in Arbil, about 350 km (220 miles) north of Baghdad August 16, 2013. Thousands of Syrian refugees poured into the Kurdistan region of northern Iraq on Thursday, taking advantage of a new bridge along the largely closed border, the United Nations said on Friday. Between 5,000 and 7,000 refugees followed a first group of some 750 people who crossed the pontoon bridge at Peshkhabour over the Tigris River, and more buses were seen dropping off families on the Syrian side, it said. Picture taken August 16, 2013. REUTERS/Stringer (IRAQ - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST SOCIETY IMMIGRATION TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

Mosul [Iraq]: More than 500 civilians were evacuated in the last 24 hours from Western Mosul amidst clashes between Islamic State terrorists and the Iraqi Army.

Many of the civilians also suffered serious injuries while fleeing the Old City district, Anadolu quoted Colonel Ahmad Hashim as saying on Thursday.

On Wednesday, the Iraqi army recaptured two more neighborhoods in western Mosul from the ISIS terrorist group.

However, the terrorist group still controls a number of neighborhoods where lakhs of civilians are still stuck in residences.

The Iraqi military remains engaged in a wide-ranging campaign, which began last October, to recapture Mosul.

In mid-2014, ISIS overran the city, which now represents the embattled terrorist group’s last stronghold in northern Iraq. (ANI)