The Iraqi military was closed for journalists from the Western part of Mosul

© Sputnik / Sarah Nureddinom. Archival photoThe Iraqi military was closed for journalists from the Western part of Mosul© Sputnik / Sarah Noureddine

The Iraqi military on Friday denied access to journalists in the Western part of Mosul due to ongoing fighting, as well as a large number of landmines left by the militants of the banned in Russia and several countries of the organization «Islamic state»*, the correspondent of RIA Novosti.

«This decision was taken on Friday morning, it provides closure for journalists and civilians of all bridges connecting both parts of Mosul», — told RIA Novosti the representative of the Iraqi army.

He explained this decision by the fear of the security forces for the lives of journalists. «Clean-up operations West of Mosul continued, so we closed the access to journalists due to fears for their lives», — said the Agency interlocutor.

In particular, in some areas the military are engaged in mine clearing of roads and buildings, and in the so-called «old town» does not cease fighting with ISIS*.

According to the military, this ban will probably last a few days.

Earlier, the Iraqi military reported that the clashes with insurgents broke out in several areas West of Mosul, the release of which was announced on Monday.

*A terrorist organization banned in Russia

The Iraqi military was closed for journalists from the Western part of Mosul© Alessandro Rota | Stenincontest© Alessandro Rota | StenincontestЖизнь at war: everyday operations in Mosul

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