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More than 150,000 people fled west Mosul fighting

152,857 people have fled the west Mosul area since the battle to recapture it from the Islamic State group began on February 19.

Residents of west Mosul flee the city on March 14, 2017, among more than 150,000 that have been displaced by the offensive government forces launched against the Islamic State group last month

The International Organization for Migration released displacement figures on Wednesday indicating that nearly 100,000 had fled, but those statistics included fewer people residing outside of camps.

According to Iraq's ministry of migration and displaced, 152,857 people have fled the west Mosul area since the battle to recapture it from the Islamic State group began on February 19.

More than 98,000 are housed in camps, while more than 54,000 are staying in areas that have been recaptured from IS, the ministry said.

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IS overran large areas north and west of Baghdad in 2014, but Iraqi forces backed by US-led air strikes have since retaken most of the territory they lost.

Iraqi forces launched the operation to recapture Mosul from IS in October, retaking the east of the city before setting their sights on the smaller but more densely populated west.

They have made steady progress against the jihadists, retaking a series of neighbourhoods and important sites including the airport, the train station, Mosul museum and the provincial government headquarters.

But the pace of the advance has been periodically slowed by bad weather, which makes air strikes more difficult and turns dirt streets into avenues of thick mud.

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