BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:52 A.M.) – A severely injured five year-old girl named Hawraa was admitted to the field hospital of Iraq’s Special Operations Forces 2 in west Mosul on Sunday. She was the sole survivor of an airstrike in the city’s Jadeda neighbourhood.

According to her father Ala, she sustained the injuries on March 16, when an airstrike attack reportedly destroyed their house. Ala explained that the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS; formerly ISIS/ISIL) were shooting from a house nearby where the airstrike took place.

“They [Islamic State (IS; formerly ISIS/ISIL)] started shooting. There was shooting next to our house, which was in the corner. Then, an air strike hit them,” the father said.

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During the aerial assault, there were four people inside the house, including Hawraa’s mother; the three others passed away.

“It has been three days, from the day before yesterday, from the 16th of this month, there were four people in the house, only she survived,” Ala explained.

The military operation against the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS; formerly ISIS/ISIL) in Mosul began on October 17 last year. ISIS captured the city in 2014 and the offensive is now fronted by the US-led anti-IS coalition and Iraqi forces, who have been carrying out airstrikes in the city. Thousands of Mosul residents have been forced to flee the fighting as the campaign escalates.

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