Thousands of civilians are continuing to flee the area to escape the battle taking place in the sweltering heat of nearly 50 degrees celsius, with the Iraqi military seeing victory within reach.

Iraqi military says the fight against Daesh is nearly over in Mosul city.
Iraqi military says the fight against Daesh is nearly over in Mosul city.

A fierce battle is raging around the ruins of Mosul's Grand al Nuri Mosque as Iraqi troops close in on the last pockets of Daesh resistance in the Old City.

The Iraqi military says the fight against Daesh is nearly over.

Thousands of civilians are continuing to leave the area to escape the battle taking place in the sweltering heat.

TRT World's Nicole Johnston said that the capture of the al Nuri mosque is an important symbol for the Iraqi forces.

Since the war started last October some 800,000 people have fled the city once known for its rich cultural history - a place where Muslims, Christians and other minorities lived together.

After three years under the shadow of Daesh the city has collapsed.

Source: TRT World