Emanuele Nannini, deputy coordinator of the humanitarian office at the NGO Emergency, is preparing for the crisis that will erupt with the launch of the second phase of the counter-offensive in Mosul.
“The eastern area of Mosul is more industrial than residential, and to the west is the old city where the battle is bound to be more bloody,” he explained to il manifesto. “The streets are narrow, there are residential neighborhoods. The civilians will suffer more for the clashes. In addition, it is ISIS’ last bulwark: It will try to hold it to the death.
“Three thousand wounded have arrived from the city of Mosul, from Oct. 17 [the date the counteroffensive operation started] to mid-January. In recent weeks, there have been fewer fights. After liberating the eastern area, the Iraqi troops stopped by the river to regroup. The moment was fortunate. We have been able to increase hospital capacity while waiting for the operation to restart.”
The hospital he is talking about is the Emergency center that opened 20 years ago in Erbil, in the Iraqi Kurdistan. At the time, the Italian organization had arrived to treat the wounded in the civil war between the two main Kurdish parties, Barzani’s KDP and Talabani’s PUK.