An Iraqi woman receives food aid, distributed by the Iraqi ministry of migrants and refugees, in a central district of Mosul, on Nov. 29, 2016, during an ongoing operation against ISIS. / AFP / THOMAS COEX
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A full siege is developing in Mosul as poor families struggle to feed themselves after prices rose sharply following the U.S.-backed offensive on the ISIS-held city in northern Iraq, humanitarian workers said Tuesday.Retail prices rose sharply last week, after Popular Mobilization fighters cut the supply route to Mosul from the Syrian half of the self-styled caliphate, declared by ISIS two years ago over Sunni-populated parts of Iraq and Syria.More than a million people are still believed to live in parts of Mosul under the control of the ISIS fighters, who seized the largest city in northern Iraq as part of a lightning advance across a third of the country in 2014 .An airstrike targeting ISIS fighters hit a clinic south of Mosul on Oct. 18, killing at least eight civilians, Human Rights Watch said Tuesday.
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