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Iraqi forces clash with Islamic State militants in Mosul

Iraqi special forces continued battling Islamic State group (IS) militants in the western Mosul neighbourhoods of al-Eraibi and al-Rifaie on Monday.

The recent push is part of the attempt to encircle IS in Mosul’s old city.

U.S.-backed Iraqi forces sought to dislodge fighters entrenched in a central mosque before the holy month of Ramadan.

Dozens of civilians were also seen fleeing the areas.

Iraqi officers said clearing operations were continuing in the two neighbourhoods.