Three million Iraqis displaced by crisis: official

Published June 1st, 2015 - 08:15 GMT

The number of displaced people registered by the Iraqi Ministry of Migration and Displacement has reached three million, a government official said Sunday.

Asghar al-Mosawi, deputy minister of the Migration and Displacement Ministry, told Anadolu Agency that the number of displaced people has increased recently due to clashes between security forces and Daesh in the western province of Anbar.

In April, the Iraqi government registered 2.7 million displaced people in Diyala, Anbar, Saladin and Nineveh provinces.

Iraqi forces, backed by the Shiite militia al-Hashd al-Shaabi, launched a military operation Tuesday against Daesh to retake Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province.

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