Militants seize eastern part of Iraqi city of Mosul
10 June 2014, 11:58 -- Insurgents have taken over the eastern part of Iraq's northern city of Mosul following days of heavy clashes with government forces, according to residents who escaped the area and spoke on Tuesday. The provincial council and some security offices are located in the eastern part of the city.
'Thousands of residents escaped the area towards the Kurdish cities of Arbil and Dahuk when fighting intensified,' one of the residents who escaped Mosul told dpa.
More than 3,000 fighters from the radical Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) are believed to be active in some parts of Mosul. The fighting intensified in the city over the weekend, prompting authorities to evacuate students from the dormitory of the Mosul University due to safety concerns.
Militants of the al-Qaeda splinter group have controlled parts of western Anbar province since January, fighting off security forces and militiamen loyal to Shiite Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki.
Two Kurdish political parties also evacuated their offices in Mosul on Monday, Alsumaria news website reported.
The move comes after their offices were targeted in bombings starting on Sunday in two cities north of Baghdad.
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