People in the city of Mosul have set up a market on a broken bridge.
The bridge is one of several damaged or destroyed in fighting between Iraqi government troops and Islamic State (IS) militants. Government troops now control almost all of Mosul east of the Tigris River.
Sixteen-year-old Ahmed says the militants "blew up most or all of the bridges before the army arrived. Maybe it was strategic. But I think they just want(ed) to destroy things."
The market opened just a few days after IS militants were forced out of the area two weeks ago. Helicopters still attack militants in some nearby neighborhoods. Smoke can be seen rising from airstrikes and shells exploding. But the market continues to grow.
A man named Mohammed sells dairy products, frozen chickens and bottled water on the bridge.
"I didn't choose to stay and live under Islamic State rule," he says. "But where else would I go?"
Mohammad is joined by others selling fruit, credit for telephone service, cleaning products and other goods. On the street near the bridge, people sell fuel, snack foods, cigarettes and other things. Groups of young men sell vegetables. Another young man sells containers filled with cooking gas.
Over the past few months of IS rule, prices in Mosul rose sharply. Food and fuel prices were five to 15 times their usual level. The increases harmed many people in Mosul.
Prices are now back to normal. But people say they and others have little money to spend.
People selling goods on the bridge say they are much happier now than they were in the past few months. They say the militants became cruel as Iraqi army troops moved closer to the city.
A young man says he helps people move goods from place to place, using his wooden cart. He says he earns $8 to $12 a day for this service. Carts like his must be used because automobiles are banned in areas of the city controlled by government forces. That is because troops fear the vehicles will be used by suicide bombers.
But Iraqis are still moving around the city. Some of them are returning to the homes from which they fled. Others are fleeing Mosul. And many people are searching for supplies after many months -- or even years -- of isolation.
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1.People in the city of Mosul have set up a market on a broken bridge.
set up 建立，建造，建起
They took to the streets, setting up roadblocks of burning tyres.
They married, and set up home in Atlanta.
2.Sixteen-year-old Ahmed says the militants "blew up most or all of the bridges before the army arrived.
blow up 爆炸，炸毁
He was jailed for 45 years for trying to blow up a plane.
"Then why did they blow up our house?"Mother demanded.
“那么他们干吗要炸了我们的房子？” 母亲问 。
伊拉克政府军与IS分子的交战以不同程度破坏了多座桥，这座就是其中一座 。目前，政府军几乎控制了底格里斯河东部摩苏尔的全部地区 。
16岁的艾哈迈德(Ahmed)说，IS分子“在伊拉克政府军抵达之前炸掉了几乎所有的桥 。虽然这可能是战略性做法，但我觉得他们只是单纯地想毁掉什么 。”
两周前，IS分子被迫离开了该地区，几天后，市民们就建起了这个市场 。现在依然有直升机攻击附近地区的IS分子 。依然能看到空袭所及之处浓烟四起，炸弹纷飞 。但这并不妨碍这个市场变得愈发火热 。
这座桥上，除了穆罕默德，还有卖水果、电话服务信用、清洁用品的，不一而足 。在这座桥附近的街上，还有人卖燃料、小吃、烟和其他东西的 。很多年轻人卖蔬菜 。还有一个年轻人专卖燃气罐 。
过去几个月间，在IS的统治下，摩苏尔的物价急剧上涨 。食物和燃料的价格是平常价格的5-15倍 。物价的猛涨让摩苏尔人民受害颇深 。
但在桥上卖货的人说，现在要比过去几个月开心很多 。他们说，伊拉克军队向摩苏尔迫近的日子里，IS分子愈发变本加厉了 。
一个年轻人说他用自己的木轮车帮大家搬货 。这样每天能赚8-12美元 。摩苏尔这边只能用像他这样的木轮车，因为机动车在政府军控制的城区是禁止使用的 。原因是军方担心机动车辆会为自杀式爆炸袭击者所用 。
但目前仍有伊拉克百姓在城市内慌乱不定 。一些人从逃出来的地方返回家；还有一些人是往摩苏尔外逃 。很多人是在长达数月、甚至数年的隔绝状态后寻找补给品 。
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