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Fighting in Ramadi Displaces Thousands

Fighting in Ramadi Displaces ThousandsFighting in Ramadi Displaces Thousands

Thousands of families continue to flee the Iraqi city of Ramadi as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group closes in on the capital of Anbar province, clashing with Iraqi troops.

The UN has announced that more than 4,000 families fled Ramadi and its suburbs in the past few days due to the ongoing clashes between ISIL and Iraqi forces, which has turned the city into a ghost town.

More than 90,000 people in total have fled the city of Ramadi and surrounded areas since the beginning of clashes in Anbar province, according to the UN, Al Jazeera reported.

The UN also confirmed on Wednesday deaths among those trying to flee - including newborn babies - due to the lack of proper necessities and harsh conditions. Families have left their homes with little or nothing on their backs.

Riyad Adad, the head of the Baghdad Provincial Council, said that one hundred new born babies died as their families tried to flee Ramadi.

ISIL (also known as ISIS or IS) has controlled the nearby city of Fallujah for more than a year, and captured three villages on Ramadi’s eastern outskirts on Wednesday.

Iraqi special forces were still in control of Ramadi on Friday, after days of intense clashes, according to a special forces commander in Anbar, who said the situation had improved after air strikes hit key ISIL targets on the city’s fringes.

 

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