Displaced Iraqi women walk towards Iraq forces as they flee their homes in Mosul's western Al-Shifa district on June 15, 2017, during the ongoing offensive by Iraqi forces to retake the city from ISIS fighters. AFP / MOHAMED EL-SHAHED
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Over 100,000 civilians remain trapped behind ISIS lines in Mosul with a U.S.-backed government offensive to recapture the Iraqi city entering its ninth month, the United Nations refugee agency UNHCR said on Friday.Iraqi government forces regained eastern Mosul in January, then a month later began the offensive on the western side that takes in the Old City.Some 200,000 people were estimated to be trapped behind ISIS lines in May, but the number has since declined as government forces have thrust further into the inner city.
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