(Save the Children) – Children must be given immediate safe passage out of Mosul to stop them being caught in the crossfire – Save the Children warns. As Iraqi forces close in on IS-held Mosul, it is a critical moment to protect children and open safe routes to allow the 1.5 million civilians, including about 600,000 children, still trapped in the city to leave safely. With civilians bracing for the anticipated escalation in violence, Save the Children warns that safe passages must be established as a matter of urgency.