Iraq forces retake hospital near Mosul’s Old City


MOSUL: Iraqi forces have recaptured a hospital and other medical facilities in west Mosul, furt her isolating Islamic State group holdouts in the Old City, officers said. The country’s security forces are in the final stages of the gruelling battle to retake second city Mosul, which they launched more than eight months ago. Interior ministry forces recaptured the Ibn Sina Teaching Hospital along with other medical facilities including a blood bank and a clinic, Staff Lieutenant General Abdulamir Yarallah said in a statement on Saturday. Lieutenant General Raed Shakir Jawdat, the commander of the country’s federal police, said the area where the hospital is located, Al-Shifaa, had been completely retaken, limiting IS’s presence in Mosul to the Old City. “Our forces are advancing from three sides and are pursuing the terrorist groups in the few remaining areas of the Old City,” Jawdat said in a statement.



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