BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:25 A.M.) – A family arrived at the Iraqi Special Operations Forces 2 (ISOF2) field hospital in west Mosul on Sunday, having fled the fighting in another part of the embattled city.

According to the family, an air strike hit the house in front of theirs and as a consequence their home was also damaged, so they decided to leave for a safer place.

“The concrete fell on us and we went out running to the main road. There was a sniper on top of a building on that road, I don’t know if it was an IS sniper or an army sniper. He said ‘go back’ and he started shooting at us,” Am Hamdan from Hay Nabls said.

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As they were departing their district, they were shot at by an unidenitfied gunman who told them to return to their home. They then hid at their cousin’s house and early on Sunday morning decided once again to try and move to a safer area.

Am Hamdan then explained the trauma of the situation. “My husband crossed the road and the IED exploded, they were behind us, nothing happened to us, but they got hurt and my son died. Omar was 10 years old. My son was hit in the blast, both his legs and both his arms. This is what happened to us. They brought us here. God bless us,” she said.

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