UN says 200,000 more expected to flee Iraq's Mosul

A girl with a shaved head and her father cry as the family flees the al-Rifai neighborhood while Iraqi special forces battle Islamic St

A boy holds his mother's hand and waves to soldiers while fleeing the al-Rifai neighborhood as Iraqi special forces battle Islamic Stat

A man rushes his daughter to safety while fleeing the al-Rifai neighborhood as Iraqi special forces battle Islamic State militants, in

BAGHDAD (AP) — The United Nations says another 200,000 people may flee their homes as the fighting in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul intensifies.

U.N. humanitarian coordinator Lise Grande says nearly 700,000 people have already been displaced from Mosul since U.S.-backed Iraqi forces launched a major operation to retake the city in October.

Iraqi forces have driven the militants from most of Mosul, but are still battling them in densely populated western districts.

Grande says residents are leaving "under very difficult circumstances." She says many are "food insecure and haven't had access to safe drinking water and medicines for weeks or months."

The IS group captured Mosul in the summer of 2014 when it swept across northern and central Iraq.