Photos: In Iraq, Mosul's ruined Old City up for sale to few buyers

  • Mosul's Old City still lies in ruins three years after intense fighting drove out Islamic State jihadists. Many Mosul residents long waited for compensation or rebuilding -- in vain, as Iraq remains mired in political and economic crisis, reported AFP. With rebuilding unlikely and Iraq's economy in tailspin, homeowners are desperate to sell. But many who lived through the horrors of IS rule there are now unable to find buyers for their properties in what still resembles a warzone.
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A portrait of an Iraqi man hangs on the wall of a heavily damaged house in the Old City of Mosul on January 26, 2021. Once the historic heart of Iraq's Mosul, the Old City has lain in ruins for years.(Zaid AL-Obeidi / AFP)

A portrait of an Iraqi man hangs on the wall of a heavily damaged house in the Old City of Mosul on January 26, 2021. Once the historic heart of Iraq's Mosul, the Old City has lain in ruins for years.(Zaid AL-Obeidi / AFP)

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A drone image shows the Zayouna housing complex under construction to be put out for sale in the suburb of Zayouna, on the southern outskirts of Iraq's northern city of Mosul on January 18. (Zaid AL-Obeidi / AFP)

A drone image shows the Zayouna housing complex under construction to be put out for sale in the suburb of Zayouna, on the southern outskirts of Iraq's northern city of Mosul on January 18. (Zaid AL-Obeidi / AFP)

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A picture shows destroyed buildings in Mosul on January 18. The single-family homes along the banks of the river Tigris, which divides Mosul in two, have remained largely untouched since Iraqi troops ousted the Islamic State group from the northern city in the summer of 2017, reported AFP.(Zaid AL-Obeidi / AFP)

A picture shows destroyed buildings in Mosul on January 18. The single-family homes along the banks of the river Tigris, which divides Mosul in two, have remained largely untouched since Iraqi troops ousted the Islamic State group from the northern city in the summer of 2017, reported AFP.(Zaid AL-Obeidi / AFP)

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A sign on the wall of a house owned by a Kurdish family reads in Arabic "House for sale" with a phone number to call, in the Old City of Mosul on January 26, 2021. (Zaid AL-Obeidi / AFP)

A sign on the wall of a house owned by a Kurdish family reads in Arabic "House for sale" with a phone number to call, in the Old City of Mosul on January 26, 2021. (Zaid AL-Obeidi / AFP)

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A family picture hangs on the wall of a heavily damaged house in the Old City of Mosul on January 26.(Zaid AL-Obeidi / AFP)

A family picture hangs on the wall of a heavily damaged house in the Old City of Mosul on January 26.(Zaid AL-Obeidi / AFP)

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A picture shows destroyed buildings in Mosul on January 18. The IS may have been defeated in Mosul, but Iraq is now struggling through its worst economic crisis in years, deepened by last year's collapse of oil prices and the coronavirus pandemic, reported AFP. (Zaid AL-Obeidi / AFP)

A picture shows destroyed buildings in Mosul on January 18. The IS may have been defeated in Mosul, but Iraq is now struggling through its worst economic crisis in years, deepened by last year's collapse of oil prices and the coronavirus pandemic, reported AFP. (Zaid AL-Obeidi / AFP)

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An Iraqi man walks inside a heavily damaged house in the Old City of Mosul on January 26. According to local authorities, Mosul has sent 90,000 requests for compensation to the central government, including 40,000 for the loss of a loved one and 50,000 for destroyed property, reported AFP.(Zaid AL-Obeidi / AFP)

An Iraqi man walks inside a heavily damaged house in the Old City of Mosul on January 26. According to local authorities, Mosul has sent 90,000 requests for compensation to the central government, including 40,000 for the loss of a loved one and 50,000 for destroyed property, reported AFP.(Zaid AL-Obeidi / AFP)

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A drone image shows the Zayouna housing complex under construction to be put out for sale in the suburb of Zayouna, on the southern outskirts of Iraq's northern city of Mosul on January 18. (Zaid AL-Obeidi / AFP)

A drone image shows the Zayouna housing complex under construction to be put out for sale in the suburb of Zayouna, on the southern outskirts of Iraq's northern city of Mosul on January 18. (Zaid AL-Obeidi / AFP)

PUBLISHED ON JAN 29, 2021 03:30 PM IST
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