Gen. Abdel Ghani al-Asadi, the head of Iraq's special forces, said his troops were just 250 yards from the Tigris River on Tuesday after retaking the Mosul's main hospital compound from ISIS the day before.
Civilians who have managed to get medical treatment are suffering from burns, and shrapnel and blast injuries, while many women and children are in need of critical care and are under-nourished, a MSF officials said.
Issuing a statement on Sunday 160 Iranian parliamentarians offered their congratulations to the Iraqi people and government as well the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps' (IRGC's) advisory mission in the Arab country over the recent liberation of Mosul.
Staff Brigadier General Nabil al-Fatlawi, a commander in the elite Counterterrorism Service (CTS), said the Old City has not yet been totally liberated.
ISIS' three-year-long occupation of Mosul, Iraq may have come to an end this summer, as Iraqi forces reportedly reclaimed the city's mosque from the imposed caliphate.
The warren of alleys around the al-Nuri mosque in the west of the city is believed to be ISIS's last enclave in Mosul, once Iraq's second-largest city. It is now controlling just over one square kilometer in all, or about 0.40 square miles. The U.S. -backed offensive to retake the city was launched last October and has lasted almost nine months, although Iraqi political and military officials had vowed that victory would be declared by the end of 2016.
The source said 38 female suicide bombers had blown themselves up inside Mosul in the last month, suggesting an air of desperation within the so-called caliphate.
The army's 16th Infantry Division freed the areas of Khatoniyah, Tuwalib and Ra's al-Kour after defeating the IS defensive lines, leaving 67 IS militants killed, the Iraqi Joint Operations Command said in a statement. Left untreated, it can damage the brain's architecture and have a lifelong impact on mental and physical health, leading to heart disease, depression, anxiety, diabetes and substance abuse. "Also, they used to perform beheading or whipping in the street every now and then ... they used to hang the dead bodies on iron sticks in the streets for days".
Iraqi forces have pushed IS out of most of Anbar, and are now in the final stages of a major offensive in the northern city of Mosul.
"Unfortunately, until now there are families besieged and there are many discarded enemy corpses, and unfortunately many civilians have been martyred, so we must remove them", he told Reuters in western Mosul. Two soldiers carried her to the roadside and tried to revive her with cold water.
"One of the suicide bombers was Tunisian", he said.