Aid group: 4,000 more civilians flee Fallujah

Published June 13th, 2016 - 09:00 GMT
Displaced Iraqis who were evacuated by Iraqi government forces south of the besieged city of Fallujah rest at a safe zone in Subayat during a military operation to retake territory from Daesh on June 12, 2016. (AFP/Moadh al-Dulaimi)
Displaced Iraqis who were evacuated by Iraqi government forces south of the besieged city of Fallujah rest at a safe zone in Subayat during a military operation to retake territory from Daesh on June 12, 2016. (AFP/Moadh al-Dulaimi)

The Norwegian Refugee Council says 4,000 more people have fled the Iraqi city of Fallujah after Iraqi forces captured a main road leading to the Daesh stronghold this weekend, the Associated Press reported.

The group, which works with internally-displaced Iraqis and refugees, said Monday that a total of 27,580 residents have managed to flee Fallujah since the offensive began in late May. 

Some residents reported that militants are demanding payments of 150,000 Iraqi Dinars, about $130, per person to be allowed to leave the city.

Other groups estimate as many as 50,000 people still remain trapped in Fallujah, which has been under Daesh control since 2014. Fallujah is the last major city in western Iraq still held by the group.


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