Over 50,000 civilians have been displaced from Mosul in the last 10 days amid US-led coalition airstrikes and Iraqi forces advancing against ISIS. Locals are too often caught in the crossfire, as they told RT’s Murad Gazdiev.
A fortnight ago, the Suleiman family were hiding in their home, waiting for the liberation, but lived through another tragedy instead.
“One morning, ISIS fighters came to our house and banged on the door, saying they wanted to go on the roof. We begged them to leave, saying there were women and children here, but they didn’t care,” one family member told RT at the Rojava hospital in Erbil, located 100 kilometers from war-torn Mosul.
“They went up and started shooting, so we began to flee... and that’s when the airstrike hit. There was nothing left of the house,” the young man added.
Out of the 25 members of the Suleiman family, 15 were killed, 7 injured, and their house was demolished.