Disturbing footage shows the moment when a starving baby boy was saved from a bombed-out school in Mosul, Iraq after surviving for four days by himself, alone and with no food and water.
It goes on to show Iraqi soldiers washing the dirt off the one-year-old boy that was found alone during those four days. The one-year old’s mother is believed to have been killed in the ongoing battle between ISIS and government troops that left him motherless.
The child, crying and scared, was discovered as the Iraqi army moved into the densely populated Old City which ISIS’s had tormented and had set shelter as its temporary home.
The city was in Mosul and a soldier is heard explaining that the boy had not eaten for four days since the bombing. He went on to explain that the boy’s mother and grandfather among others were killed during the bombing that happened in the school that is found in the Bab Sinjar neighborhood.
The Iraqi forces decided to launch an assault to reclaim the Old City as it was the only district under ISIS control in Mosul by Sunday. During its advance, Iraqi army’s 9th armored division seized the northern Al-Shifaa district, which includes the city’s main hospitals among other business and economic structures. This was a statement that was released by the military itself as the fall of Shifaa meant that the Old City in the eastern half of Mosul would now be surrounded by United States-backed government forces, deployed north, west, south, and east, across the river and the entire Mosul.
The battle for the Old City became the deadliest in the eight-month-old United States backed capture of Mosul, that was ISIS’s de facto capital in Iraq and the largest city the group came to control in the country.
A mine explosion on Monday at the Old City frontline caused a lot of panics and more fear when two journalists by the names of Stephane Villeneuve from France and Bakhtiar Haddad from Iraq, go killed and wounded two other French reporters. This was in accordance with the foreign ministry and diplomatic sources in Paris.
International Aid organizations are expressing alarm at the situation where more than 100,000 civilians consisting of children who are half that number all of whom are trapped in its old fragile houses with little food, little water, medicine and no electricity wich limits their survival. The International Committee of the Red Cross issued a statement on Monday that the sick and wounded civilians escaping through ISIS lines were dying in big numbers and at a faster rate.
The militants are moving stealthily in the Old City’s maze of alleyways and narrow streets, through holes dug between houses, fighting back the advancing troops with sniper and mortar fire, booby traps and suicide bombers.
The militants have also covered almost all the streets with clothes to obstruct air surveillance, facial recognition and identification making it difficult for the advancing troops to hit them without harming the innocent civilians some of which are unaware of their strategy.
The Iraqi army estimates that the number of ISIS fighters is likely to be more than 300 all the way from nearly 6,000 in the city when the battle of Mosul started on October 17.
As all that is happening, there has been a mass food poisoning at a camp for displaced Iraqi civilians outside Mosul that has left hundreds of people requiring urgent treatment. This was in a report that was made by the UN and Iraqi officials issued on Monday. The spokesman for the Ministry of Health Mr. Seif al-Badr had told AFP that there were 752 cases of food poisoning and two deaths being a woman and child, at the Hasansham camp.
The United Nations migration agency spokesman Mr. Joel Millman had concerted those details with relation to reporters in Geneva and furthermore stated that 312 people had been hospitalized as a result of food poisoning at the camp. At the end of the day, there was a contradiction from the United Nations refugee agency referred to as the United Nations High Commission for Refugees stating that there were no deaths at all.