Iraq: Hundreds flee Fallujah but thousands remain trapped

Published May 28th, 2016 - 08:40 GMT
Despite plans before the operation for safe corridors, few civilians have managed to flee the Fallujah battle in recent days. (AFP/Ahmad al-Rubaye)
Despite plans before the operation for safe corridors, few civilians have managed to flee the Fallujah battle in recent days. (AFP/Ahmad al-Rubaye)

Hundreds of displaced families have managed to escape the fighting raging as the Iraqi Army tries to retake the city of Fallujah from Daesh.

At least 50,000 civilians are thought to be still inside the city, which is around 65 kilometres west of Baghdad.

"We came from Falluja, we were trapped in Fallujah and we got out," one man told reporters. "We hope the security will be increased and the government forces will continue to advance."

Aid workers say they have no access to the city. It is reported that there is no electricity or clean water supply inside.

The Iraqi Army, backed by US air power, began an offensive to recapture Fallujah earlier this week.

The city has been in Daesh hands for two years.

 

The Iraqi Prime Minister has visited troops injured during the latest military operation to retake the city.

Haider al-Abadi has been to a mobile military hospital located on the outskirts.

By Catherine Hardy 

 


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