People, who chose to stay home, queue for humanitarin aid packages in Al Mansour district of western Mosul while the battle against Islamic State's fighters continues
* Iraq's Counter-Terrorism Service attacked the Al-Amil al-Oula neighbourhood of west Mosul early on Friday
* The jihadists are also facing simultaneous offensives in Syria by government forces, Turkish-backed rebels and a US-supported alliance of Kurdish and Arab fighters
* Supplies to the IS-held parts of Mosul have dwindled over the past week as the army shut the main route west
* Iraqi forces launched their operation to retake Mosul in October, and recaptured the whole east bank of the Tigris River that runs through it in January before then moving on to the city's west side
Iraqi special forces battling the Islamic State group on Friday pushed deeper into west Mosul, where a commander said jihadist resistance is showing signs of weakening under repeated assaults.
The jihadists are also facing simultaneous offensives in Syria by government forces, Turkish-backed rebels and a US-supported alliance of Kurdish and Arab fighters, piling more pressure on IS.
But the battle for Mosul's Old City - which could see some of the toughest fighting of the operation - has not yet begun, nor has fighting inside the city of Raqqa, IS's main bastion in Syria.
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WNU Editor: The scars and bitterness that has been left with the Islamic State occupation will be felt for generations. But the big battle still has not begin .... which is within Mosul's Old City where many of these Jihadists remain entrenched.