Reports say the residents are suffering from severe shortage of food and medicines.
Iraqi authorities expect the battle to end in the coming days, after the Islamic State was bottled up in a handful of neighbourhoods of the Old City. A month later, the Iraqi forces began the operation aimed at liberating western Mosul from Daesh.
The assaults underscore the Sunni extremist group's resilience in the city, Iraq's second-largest, despite months of heavy fighting with Iraqi forces backed by US air power. Clashes are now underway in al-Farough as well as around Serishkhaneh and al-Beiz areas. That's down 40 percent since the start of 2017 and 60 percent since a first estimate in January 2015, according to IHS Markit's latest analysis.
The attacks also underscore the security threat that IS will likely pose, long after the militant group is routed from all of Mosul and other territory it holds in Iraq. The black flag of the jihadists had floated on top of Al Hadba, the lean minaret, since June 2014.
Amid the progress of the Iraqi forces in Mosul, militants of the Islamic State launched series of suicide attacks after setting homes and cars ablaze in Tanak and Yarmouk districts, Western Mosul. Khodari explained that when the extremist group "senses defeat somewhere, they counterattack somewhere else to draw away attention and to show that they are still strong".
Darraji, the army general, said one of his soldiers had been killed when he seized a militant wearing a suicide vest amid a crowd of fleeing civilians. USA -backed Syrian Democratic Forces have advanced into the outskirts of Syria's Raqqa, the extremist group's self-declared capital, while Syrian government forces are pushing east toward Deir Ezzor.
Iraqi special forces on Thursday captured the severely-damaged Al-Nuri mosque in Mosul, nearly three years to the day that the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi stood at its pulpit and declared the foundation of the caliphate. Daesh remains in control of large areas of both Iraq and Syria.
ISIS's Baghdadi has left the fighting in Mosul to local commanders and is assumed to be hiding on the Iraqi-Syrian border.
Russian Federation has reported that it may have killed Baghdadi during a bombing raid in May.