Iraqis walk on a damaged street in west Mosul on July 13, 2017, a few days after the government's announcement of the "liberation" of the embattled city from Islamic State (IS) group fighters. / AFP / SAFIN HAMED
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MOSUL, Iraq: Abdel-Razaq Salman has lost everything but clings onto one last hope: finding the bodies of his family members killed when his home was bombed in Mosul's war-devastated Old City in northern Iraq.Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi Monday declared second city Mosul fully retaken from Daesh (ISIS) after a monthslong operation.But it is still near impossible to access the Old City in central Mosul, where sweeping and demining operations continue.Salman wants to recover the bodies of five of his relatives, including his 90-year-old father, his mother, 70, and his 22-year-old younger brother.Access to the public is forbidden but a friend who works for the municipality is inside.Another resident, Ahmad, said he had tried his luck at entering the Old City to recover the bodies of relatives – without success.
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