200,000 more people could flee Mosul: UN May 19, 2017 0 49 12345 REUTERSERBIL, IraqThe United Nations said on Thursday up to 200,000 more people could flee Mosul as Iraqi forces push into the last districts held by Islamic State militants.Iraqi authorities and aid agencies are already struggling to cope with a surge in displacement since security forces opened a new front against the militants in Mosul earlier this month.Backed by a US-led coalition, Iraqi forces have dislodged Islamic State from all but about 12 square km (5 square miles) of the city and are seeking to claim victory before the holy month of Ramadan in less than two weeks.The militants, however, still control the Old City, where they are expected to make their last stand in the densely populated, narrow streets that are impassible for armored vehicles."As military operations intensify and move closer to Mosul's Old City area, we expect that up to 200,000 more people will flee," Lise Grande, the UN's Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq said in a statement, describing the figures as"alarming"."The numbers of people who are moving are now so large, it's becoming more and more difficult to ensure civilians receive the assistance and protection they need." Pages 12 POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES Iraqi Shi'ite paramilitaries seize air base from IS May 19, 2017 0 81 US suggests NATO training of Iraqi troops after IS defeat May 19, 2017 0 40 Rouhani faces hardliner Raisi in Iran poll today May 19, 2017 0 31 Israel declassifies Six-Day War archives Jerusalem Israel on Thursday released thousands of previously classified official documents charting political decisions during the 1967 Six-Day War when it occupied the West Bank and east Jerusalem. Made public by .. Trump visit to bolster security, trade ties: Al Jubeir REUTERS RIYADH US President Donald Trump's visit to Saudi Arabia this weekend will reinforce the"strategic partnership" between Riyadh and Washington and boost their joint fight against Islamist militants, the .. Somalia's Shabaab cuts off hands of two men MOGADISHU Somalia's al Shabaab publicly cut off the right hands of two men on Thursday after a sharia court convicted them of breaking into a shop and stealing about $500, the al Qaeda-linked group said. The two men had .. Palestinian killed by Israeli settler in West Bank clash AFP Nablus A Palestinian was killed by an Israeli settler during a clash near the city of Nablus in the occupied West Bank on Thursday, the Palestinian health ministry and security sources said. The clash near a military ..