Erbil, Kurdistan Region –A Kurdish military source reported on Saturday that Kurdish Peshmerga forces fired on the city of Mosul, in northern Iraq, with several Grad rockets for the first time since the invasion of the city last summer by the Islamic State group (IS/ISIS).
The source, on the condition of anonymity, told ARA News that the shelling focused on IS military units in central Mosul.
“I saw an armory of the group being targeted in the Qadisiyah neighborhood, while an IS militant was trying to transfer the bodies of fallen militants from the damaged house,” he said.
“A car ــapparently stolen from the Nineveh Plain previouslyــ parked near the targeted building was also destroyed,” the source added.
Ali Aboud, a civilian based in Mosul, stated to ARA News that more than 18 Grad rockets fell on several areas of Mosul on Saturday, including the Diwaniyah area near the Mosques of Ali bin Abi Talib and al-Muthanna, as well as the al-Rasheed bakery and the Star Restaurant.
“One of the missiles that pounded the city hit an IS oil tank and caused a huge explosion in front of the al-Risala school in the al-Muthanna district,” Aboud said, pointing out that some of the group’s headquarters were also hit by the Peshmerga heavy weapons.
“Amid a state of fear and panic, the IS hardline militants opened fire randomly in order to prevent people from approaching the bombed areas, ” Aboud said.
The Peshmerga forces also stormed and controlled the village of Salihiya near Tel Afar, after the withdrawal of the radicals.
This comes as the U.S.-led coalition air strikes continued, hitting several areas outside Mosul.
Reporting by: Sarbaz Yusuf
Source: ARA News
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