Iraqi families flee Fallujah after brief truce declared

Published April 11th, 2004 - 02:00 GMT

A brief truce was declared Sunday in Fallujah. Fighting eased off dramatically in this town west of Baghdad after the 10:00 a.m. (0600 GMT) start of the ceasefire which a mediator said would pave the way for a US pullback.  

 

A senior official of the US-led occupation confirmed a truce was in effect "for most of the day" between US marines and Iraqi fighters in Fallujah, AFP reported.  

 

US sources said two American troops were injured by sniper fire and an armed Iraqi was killed in a subsequent street clash.  

 

The ceasefire in Fallujah came after some 5,000 families fled the town, according to Adnan al-Jaburi, the head of the Iraqi Red Crescent.  

 

Hatem al-Husseini, a senior member of the Iraqi Islamic Party who helped broker the truce, said the two sides had agreed to an initial six-hour halt to hostilities.  

 

"After that, a second phase will begin with the progressive pullout of the marines from Fallujah and the deployment of Iraqi police and Iraqi Civil Defence Corps (ICDC) to take over," he was quoted as saying by AFP.  

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