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One pontoon bridge connects Mosul's shattered halves

10:07pm JST - 01:37

On a pontoon bridge connecting East and West Mosul, residents of a city shattered by the battle to expel Islamic State cross back and forth trying to rebuild their lives from the rubble. Scarlett Cvitanovich reports.

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It's the only bridge connecting Mosul's shattered east and west. The Iraqi city wrestled back from Islamic State control by government forces in nine months of devastating urban warfare. All other bridges across the Tigris, wrecked in the fighting. Now hundreds stream across this temporary structure each day, dubbed Victory Bridge. Many are from west Mosul, where whole neighborhoods were flattened in air and artillery strikes by the U.S.-led coalition. Crossing to check their homes, gather belongings or find a place to stay in the east. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) CITIZEN FROM WEST MOSUL, JASSIM (SECOND NAME UNKNOWN), SAYING: "It (west Mosul) is a deserted area. You can only see cars coming and going. You cannot see people living there, no groceries and no basic needs. We went there and came back. There is no way to live there." Cars aren't allowed. Instead people must walk, letting soldiers check their identification and luggage. And all carrying tales of hardship and suffering under three years of IS rule. They're relieved it's over but worry about their present predicament and the future. Many struggle to pay rent in temporary accommodation. Often they have no work and are running out of funds. Some, like this woman, whose sister died from a bomb while she was fleeing, demand compensation. It's unclear from who. They all want water, healthcare and security restored and to be able to rebuild their lives amongst the rubble.

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One pontoon bridge connects Mosul's shattered halves

10:07pm JST - 01:37