‘Chaotic scenes in Mosul: Scuffles for food, warning shots as govt aid arrives’

Chaotic scenes in eastern Mosul as hundreds of civilians overwhelmed trucks distributing food and water on Sunday. The Iraqi govt sent truckloads of food, heating oil and drinking water to residents in areas retaken from ISIS in Mosul, but there were no government or security officials present during the melee that ensued on the eastern edge of the city. Men, women and children fought over bags of flour and baskets of apples.

Security forces later had to fire warning shots to control the crowd and clear the way for ambulances rushing to the nearest field hospital after car bombs hit Iraqi positions inside the city.

Deeper inside Mosul, another aid distribution in the Bakr neighbourhood was more organised, with aid trucks reaching the area for the first time.

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