Islamic State are trying to force citizens in Mosul to join them by withholding food and water. Some locals have given in and joined the terrorist organization in order to survive.
ISIS is attempting to make up for recent losses in manpower and territory, which have occurred as a result of operations by the U.S. backed Iraqi Security Forces to take back Iraq’s second largest city. Heavy urban combat is now happening in the west of Mosul between the forces. ISIS has responded to the situation by withholding food and water from thousands of citizens in the hopes of forcibly conscripting them, according to the Iraqi Observatory for Human Rights.
“An infant and its sister [have] died last week in Uruba neighborhood due to lack of food,” the report stated. “Now their mother is facing the same fate as she is in a very bad health condition,” reported the non-profit.
The Daily Caller reports:
A single hospital in Mosul has seen hundreds of cases of malnourished and dehydrated people, mostly children, a representative told the Observatory. To make matters worse, heavy rain has flooded the city in recent days, making it more difficult to send supplies to the eastern half of the city and the western neighborhoods that have more recently been liberated.
The progress in retaking western Mosul has been slowed by ISIS’s continued use of suicide attacks, human shields and car bombs.
According to U.S. Army Lt. Gen, Stephen Townshend, commander of U.S. forces in Iraq, “This is the most significant urban combat to take place since World War II.” The battle for the city it expected to continue for a year.