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Civilians flee as air strikes pound last of IS-held Mosul

Hundreds of civilians are fleeing the Iraqi city of Mosul as air strikes pound the last pockets of territory held by Islamic State.

Iraqi special forces Major General Sami al-Aridi said on Sunday that civilians - mostly women and children - are fleeing the city.

Dozens have already suffered injuries, many with shrapnel wounds, and following one air strike many civilians appeared covered in dust as they fled.

One woman collapsed, apparently from dehydration.

Civilians trapped inside the under-siege Old City - where temperatures have soared to 45C - have suffered water and food shortages for months.

Iraqi forces launched the operation to retake the Old City in mid-June. The dense neighbourhood is IS's last stand in Iraq's second-largest city.

Iraqi officials say they will declare victory in Mosul within days.

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