About the us -led coalition's coordination with Iraqi forces in Mosul operations, al-Alusi said: "Poor weather conditions in the region have reduced airstrikes of the worldwide coalition's warplanes on Daesh-linked sites in western Mosul".
Iraqi authorities have accused Islamic State (IS) militants of using "toxic chemical material" in the battle for Mosul, but they say it has had little effect and that the campaign to liberate Iraq's second-largest city is continuing.
But "the final neighbourhoods will be the most hard to recapture, especially the Old City and the remaining neighbourhoods in northwestern Mosul", Martin said.
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The war between ISIS militants and Iraqi forces is taking a heavy toll on several hundred thousand civilians trapped inside the city, with severely malnourished babies reaching hospitals in government-held areas.
That "makes it very hard for any offensive manoeuvre in there, but it makes it very easy to defend", Uribe said.
"We're doing everything we can but this has been a long battle and the assault on the old city hasn't started", Grande warned, pointing out that the battles in the western side of Mosul is very different than in the east. The authorities are now setting their sights on the Tigris River which divides the city.
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"Mosul has pushed us to our operational limits", said Grande.
Hassan said Iraqi forces have made rapid advances in Al-Tanak district.
IS seized Mosul in mid-2014 when the jihadist group swept across areas north and west of Baghdad, taking control of swathes of territory and declaring a cross-border "caliphate" in Iraq and neighboring Syria. "All road traffic has stopped", said an official at Hammam al-Alil, home to some 30,000 displaced people.
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The Iraqi government also announced that the number of people who have managed to flee the ISIS terrorists in Mosul has reached 500,000.