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25 dead, dozens injured as west Mosul districts come under fire

Heavy civilian casualties in Mosul

25 civilians have been reported dead and 117 others injured in heavy artillery shelling and air raids that targeted parts of western Mosul on Monday.

Most of the attacks' civilian casualties are women and children whose homes have been completely destroyed in the hellish bombardment.

Toll from the attacks may rise as many people sustained critical injuries.

Local residents scrambled to arena, digging out bodies of the victims from under the rubble.

They denounced the barbaric attacks on civilians carried out amid silence of the international community.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced on February 19 the start of an operation to liberate the western side of the flashpoint city of Mosul from the grip of ISIS terrorist group.

Concerns are growing about the fate of civilians trapped in Mosul and those who fled the city, as the Iraqi security forces wrest back the western part of the city from ISIS terrorists.

The intense bombing campaign by the Iraqi forces, backed by the US-led international coalition, has been criticized for inflicting heavy civilian casualties.