Mosul – A huge underground prison with dozens of detainees from Anbar province was found in west of Mosul, a local source from Nineveh said on Saturday.
“While liberating western Mosul districts, Iraqi troops found a huge underground prison, where dozens of detainees from Fallujah, Ramadi, Saqlawiyah and Karma cities were held,” the source told AlSumaria News.
Speaking on condition of anonymity, the source said “the detainees were released. They were secured by Iraqi troops ahead of being treated. They were then transferred to another place to check their identities.”
U.N. estimates put the number of civilians stranded at the battlefield in the Old City at 200.000, saying they suffer severe shortages in food and medicine.
Iraqi generals had earlier predicted recapturing the city in mid-May before start of the holy month of Ramadan, which began on Saturday.
Iraqi forces have been sweeping through northwestern neighborhoods over the past few weeks in a way to invade the strategic Old City, after finding it hard to invade from the south.
The eastern side of Mosul was retaken in January after three months of battles. Another major offensive was launched in February to recapture the western flank of the city.