Iraqi authorities said Thursday that more than 150,000 people have fled fighting in and around west Mosul since security forces launched an operation to retake it from Takfiris last month.
The International Organization for Migration released displacement figures on Wednesday indicating that nearly 100,000 had fled, but those statistics included fewer people residing outside of camps.
According to Iraq’s ministry of migration and displaced, 152,857 people have fled the west Mosul area since the battle to recapture it from the ISIL Takfiri group began on February 19.
More than 98,000 are housed in camps, while more than 54,000 are staying in areas that have been recaptured from ISIL, the ministry said.
The terrorist group overran large areas north and west of Baghdad in 2014, but Iraqi forces backed by volunteer fighters have since retaken most of the territory they lost.
Iraqi forces launched the operation to recapture Mosul from ISIL in October, retaking the east of the city before setting their sights on the smaller but more densely populated west.
They have made steady progress against the insurgents, retaking a series of neighborhoods and important sites including the airport, the train station, Mosul museum and the provincial government headquarters.