An Iraqi special forces soldier shouts in front of a burning house after an Islamic State suicide car bomb attack against Iraqi special forces during clashes in Mosul, Iraq, November 19, 2016. Photo: Reuters/Goran Tomasevic

The struggle to recapture Mosul enters day 35, with clashes between advancing Iraqi forces and ISIS militants in the city’s Intisar and Aden neighborhoods continuing on Sunday, Rudaw reported.

House-to-house searches have been conducted as troops hunt for remaining militants and explosives in liberated quarters.

The Iraqi Counterterrorism Forces (ICTF) had reached the edges of al-Qahira and al-Zuhur neighborhoods in northeastern Mosul by Sunday morning, Lieutenant General Abdul-Wahab al-Saadi, a commander of the forces, told Rudaw.  He added that coalition airstrikes had also killed 15 ISIS militants.

The quarters of al-Tahrir, al-Moualimeen, and Oulama were liberated on Saturday after days of intense clashes.

The United Nations said mounting civilian casualties from fighting in eastern Mosul between Iraqi and I

slamic State are overwhelming the capacity of the government and international aid groups.

Nearly 200 wounded civilians and military personnel were transferred to hospital last week, the highest level since the campaign to push the jihadists out of their last major stronghold in Iraq began on October 17, said Lise Grande, the UN humanitarian coordinator for Iraq.

“Authorities are doing everything they can to help but there isn’t sufficient trauma capacity at the field level to deal with the numbers of people being wounded by sharp-shooters and snipers and in crossfire. Civilians are being targeted by ISIL,” she told Reuters, using an acronym for Islamic State, also known as ISIS.

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