Nearly 500,000 have fled Iraq’s Mosul after militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) took over the city Tuesday, AFP reports.
The International Organization for Migrations said violence on the ground forced the Iraqis to flee their homes, according to AFP.
Thousands of Iraqis have fled violence in recent years as Iraq continues to struggle with rising instability. Sectarian tensions as well as attacks by jihadists militants have caused a prolonged unrest in the country.
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