According to reports coming out of Iraq, ISIS snipers have begun firing on men, women, and children attempting to flee Mosul under cover of darkness.

Mosul, the second largest city in Iraq and largest ISIS stronghold in the nation, has been the site of extensive fighting, as coalition backed Iraqi security forces have worked to rid the city, and the nation, of the terrorist organization.  Anti-ISIS fighters successfully took the eastern side of the city in January and are continuing their offensive through its western portions.

Civilians have fled the city of Mosul by the thousands, but in an act of desperation, ISIS snipers have begun targeting innocents as they attempt to get away from the battle front.

Iraqi intelligence officers stated that more than 6,000 civilians came through an East Mosul checkpoint on Thursday alone, some carrying suitcases, others only the clothing on their backs.  As night fell, the exodus continued, with cracks of sniper fire tearing through the Iraqi night.