Daesh’s leader, Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, announced the forming of the group’s so-called caliphate from the mosque in 2014.
The police chief added that the mosque has now been fully surrounded, and that Iraqi drones are monitoring the terrorists' movements in the area.
As clashes between Iraqi forces is intensifying in the Old City, thousands of Iraqis have managed to flee the areas under the control of the terrorists.“It is terrible, Daesh has destroyed us. There is no food, no bread. There is absolutely nothing,” said one resident who managed to escape.
Earlier in the day, police announced that they had found a Daesh prison in the Bab al-Saray area, during an operation in the city.
Colonel Khodier Saleh said that 10 prisoners were found in the prison, which was only accessible from a tunnel. He added that light weapons and several important documents were also found in the prison.
Iraqi army soldiers and allied fighters launched an offensive to retake Mosul in October 2016. The forces took control of eastern Mosul in January and launched the battle in the west on February 19.