October 18, 2016 / 3:02 PM / 3 years ago

Iraq says safe exit routes from Mosul have been secured

Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi speaks on state TV as he announced the start of an offensive to retake Mosul from Islamic State in Baghdad, October 16, 2016. Iraqi Prime Minister Office/Handout via REUTERS

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on Tuesday that safe exit routes have been secured out of Mosul for civilians who want to leave the Islamic State-held city that Iraqi forces are advancing on, state TV reported in Baghdad.

Reporting by Maher Chmaytelli; Editing by Dominic Evans

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