ISIS Fighters Bring Death To Mosul From Beyond The Grave

From Daily-Mail:
The dead bodies of ISIS fighters lying in the streets of Mosul are spreading lethal disease, after they were killed by Iraqi forces who have recaptured the eastern part of the city.

Health workers have spoken of the devastating humanitarian situation in the northern city in Iraq following more than two years of ISIS rule.

Experts in Mosul warned of the threat of disease being spread by contaminated water in the city.

Hospital worker Mahmoud told charity Save The Children and The Sun: 'The bodies of ISIS fighters are still lying in the streets and no-one has moved them. The rotting bodies could start an outbreak of disease.

'There is no power. No water. People are drinking from the wells here. This water is unsafe.

'The well water is contaminated with metals and acids. There are infectious diseases, skin diseases caused by dirty water.'

He also spoke of the psychological impact that seeing bodies lying in the streets is having on children, in addition to the 'killings and beheadings' they have already seen.

US-backed Iraqi government troops announced on Wednesday they were in 'full control' of eastern Mosul, three months since the major operation started.

Lt. Gen. Talib Shaghati, who commands the counter-terrorism forces, described the achievement as a 'big victory', adding that the success of the Iraqi forces was 'unprecedented.'

He said plans were now being drawn up to retake the western part of the city but did not elaborate on when that part of the operation would begin.

Mosul - Iraq's second-largest city and the Islamic State group's last urban stronghold in the country - fell to ISIS in the summer of 2014, when the militant group captures large swaths of northern and western Iraq.

The operation has also left more than 148,000 people homeless, according to the United Nations. Nearly 12,500 people have been forced to flee their homes just over the past week, the U.N. said.

More than one million people were estimated to still be living in Mosul in October, when Iraqi forces launched the operation to retake the city.

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