An Iraqi boy carries a food parcel during a food distribution in the Al-Baker neighborhood of eastern Mosul.
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The United Nations issued a fresh warning Wednesday about the humanitarian situation in eastern Mosul where the U.S.-backed Iraqi army is locked in heavy fighting with Daesh (ISIS) militants. More than six weeks into the offensive against Daesh's last major city stronghold in Iraq, the army is trying to dislodge militants dug in among civilians in the eastern districts, the only side Iraqi troops have been able to breach.Some 100,000 Iraqi government troops, Kurdish security forces and mainly Shiite militiamen are participating in the assault on Mosul that began on Oct. 17, with air and ground support from a U.S.-led international military coalition.Last week PMF fighters cut the supply route to Mosul from Daesh-held territory in Syria, driving up food prices in the city.Iraqi forces moving from the east are trying to advance to the Tigris River that runs through Mosul's center, in the biggest battle in Iraq since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein.
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