Too soon for civilians to return to Ramadi: officials

Published December 30th, 2015 - 06:19 GMT

Extensive damage caused by months of intense fighting is being cited by officials as the reason civilians are unable to return to their home in the recently-recaptured Iraqi city of Ramadi, AFP reported Wednesday.

"There is extensive destruction in the city as a result of terrorist activity and military operations," Ibrahim al-Osej, a member of the Ramadi district council told AFP.

Iraqi forces declared the city of Ramadi to be "fully liberated" from Daesh forces Sunday night. Iraq's elite counter-terror forces have been conducting mop-up operations throughout the city.

"Preliminary estimates show that more than 3,000 homes have been completely destroyed" in Ramadi, Osej said, adding "thousands of other homes have suffered varying degrees of damage."

While most families had fled Ramadi since tensions escalated two years ago, a few hundred families remained in the city, holed up in their home during the anti-Daesh operation. These families were evacuated by the family on Tuesday.

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