Iraqi camps crowded with fugitives from the fighting in Fallujah
June 20, 2016
Baghdad, June 19 (Reuters) - faced camps run by the Iraqi government extreme difficulties in harboring fleeing Fallujah on Sunday, while the army has been battling the organization of the Islamic state in the northern suburbs of the city.
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi victory over the militants on Friday after Iraqi forces reached the center of the city after four weeks of the start of the attack, supported by the Americans.
But shootings and suicide bombings and mortar attacks did not stop.
The UN said more than 82 thousand people have been displaced from Fallujah, which lies at a distance of an hour's drive west of Baghdad, since the military campaign began there and suggested that the 25 thousand others are on their way to the exit.
However, the camps were overwhelmed fugitives who cut off several kilometers where they faced snipers Islamic state and fields of their mines at elevated temperatures, but they did not find even on an area of shade.
Lise Grande coordinated humanitarian operations of the United Nations in Iraq, "the people ran and walked for days. Fallujah was not left with nothing ... I do not have anything and everything they need. "
And displacement surprised the government and humanitarian organizations and is likely to double several times if Iraqi forces moved to attack the stronghold of the Islamic State of Mosul in northern Iraq as planned later this year.
Although the focus was for several months on the Mosul al-Abadi, he said in May that the army will give priority to Fallujah, which was the first Iraqi city controlled by the militant group in early 2014.
He ordered the prime minister on Saturday to take measures to help those fleeing and soon will be ten new camps, but the government does not even know the number of displaced people, most of them living in the open or crammed in a tent packed with a number of families.
According to the Norwegian Refugee Council that the site housed 1,800 people does not have only one toilet.
Nasr said Muflhi director of the Norwegian Refugee Council in Iraq, "we call on the Iraqi government to take responsibility in this humanitarian disaster that is unfolding before our eyes."
* "We do not want only our men."
Find the Iraqi government, which suffer from liquidity problems, difficulty in providing the basic needs of more than 3.4 million people displaced by the fighting across the country and appealed to the international community the authorities to provide funding and relies on local religious networks for support.
But unlike other battles where many civilians have sought refuge in nearby towns or to the capital to prevent displaced people from Fallujah from entering Baghdad, not far from them only 60 kilometers relief and draws attention to the weakness of community mobilization officials.
It is seen by many Iraqis of Falluja as a bastion for militants year and consider all of which remained when the attack began supporter of the Islamic state. The Fallujah, a stronghold of Sunni insurgents fought US troops after the invasion in 2003, and is considered a starting point for bombings targeting Baghdad points.
And raise the participation of Shiite armed factions fighting alongside the army fears of sectarian killings Authorities have arrested people in connection with the alleged execution of dozens of Sunni men fleeing by gunmen.
Iraqi forces and examine the men to prevent the Islamic State fighters to infiltrate among civilians out of Fallujah. Security sources told Reuters that authorities had freed tens of thousands and was referred to trial, but many are still missing.
In Fallujah Avamrah Camp Fatima Khalifa he said on Thursday she did not know anything about her husband and her son, 19-year-old since they were held in a nearby town two weeks ago.
She said, "I do not know where they are or where they were taken ... We do not want rice or cooking oil just want our men.