Iraqi families begin returning to Ramadi after city retaken from Daesh

Published April 3rd, 2016 - 02:00 GMT
A displaced Iraqi family sit in the back of a truck in a queue for security checks as some 250 families return to their homes in Iraq's Anbar province on March 29, 2016. (AFP/Moadh al-Dulaimi)
A displaced Iraqi family sit in the back of a truck in a queue for security checks as some 250 families return to their homes in Iraq's Anbar province on March 29, 2016. (AFP/Moadh al-Dulaimi)

Some 3,000 families from the western Iraqi city of Ramadi have begun returning home after the city was retaken from Daesh in December.

Ramadi governor Hameed Dulaymi said on Sunday that the displaced families moved backed to areas that have been cleared of explosives.

They will use electricity generators as the public grid was not repaired and water from Euphrates river will be pumped to their houses, he said.

Ramadi, the provincial capital of Anbar, was liberated in December, almost one year after it fell into the hands of Daesh.

The liberation of Ramadi marked one of the most significant victories for Iraq’s armed forces since Daesh seized swathes of the Iraqi land in June 2014.

The majority of Ramadi residents fled the fighting and took shelter in camps west of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad.

The Iraqi army and volunteer fighters have been engaged in operations to liberate militant-held regions.

The UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) said on Friday that armed clashes and violence killed 1,119 people and injured 1,561 others in Iraq in March, up from 670 deaths and 1,290 injuries in February.


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