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The terrorists opened fire on dozens of women and children

Category: Gender based violence 

This is the moment an Iraqi soldier risked his life to save an elderly woman from a hail of ISIS bullets as she tried to flee fighting in Mosul.


The terrorists opened fire on dozens of women and children with automatic weapons as they tried to reach an Iraqi army convoy in Mosul's Old City.


But an elderly woman, either unable to run any further or hit by a bullet, falls down in the middle of the street and is unable to get up.


Incredible body-camera footage captured the moment one unarmed soldier, wearing no helmet and only sandals on his feet, broke cover from behind an armoured vehicle to rescue the woman.


He is quickly joined by several other troops who drag the burka-clad woman to safety while bullets fly past.

The final shots show the group, the vast majority of whom are women with young children, some small enough to be carried in their mothers' arms.


Iraqi troops have been fighting for months to clear ISIS out of Mosul, the country's second-largest city after Baghdad, which was captured by the terrorists in 2014.

Government forces now have the remaining militants surrounded in the winding streets of the Old City, where they are putting up their final resistance.


The district has special significance for ISIS, because it was from its Great Mosque that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi proclaimed his so-called caliphate.


The city represents the terror group's last stronghold in Iraq, and its capture would mark an end to the caliphate it claimed to have established.


As a result ISIS has been waging a vicious fight, using civilian drones to drop makeshift bombs on Iraqi troops, driving cars filled with explosives into armoured vehicles and hiding among civilians to use them as shields.

In total around 800 government troops have been killed in the fighting, according to US analysis, while Iraqi forces claim to have killed 16,000 ISIS fighters.


Civilian casualties have been high, with more than 8,000 thought to have died after being caught in crossfire.


More than 100 civilians died when US-led coalition warplanes bombed a house where they were sheltering back in March.


It has since emerged that ISIS rigged the building with explosives and then placed two snipers on the roof in order to lure an attack.


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