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Fallujah: ISIS fires at civilians fleeing battle

Post by Ben Reilly on Mon Jun 06, 2016 4:44 pm

(BAGHDAD) — The ISIS group has been shooting at civilians as they try to flee the nearly two-week battle between Iraqi government forces and IS militants in the city of Fallujah, west of Baghdad, an international aid organization and Iraqi military say.

On Sunday, the militants shot and killed seven civilians and seven IS defectors inside Fallujah as they attempted to flee, Iraqi Maj. Ali Hanoon said.

Hanoon, who is with the elite Iraqi counterterrorism forces, on Monday put the number of civilians killed by IS since the operation started at “dozens” but declined to be more specific, saying the information coming out of Fallujah is sporadic and often incomplete. Iraqi officials say the total is likely higher.

Iraqi forces, backed by U.S.-led coalition airstrikes, have been fighting to retake the IS-held city of Fallujah since late May but the advance stalled last week because of heavy resistance the militants have put up and because an estimated 50,000 civilians remain trapped inside the city. On Sunday, Iraqi forces secured the southern edge of Fallujah, a largely agricultural area.

“They know that if they trap the civilians, it will slow our progress,” Hanoon said.

Last week, a suicide bomber blew himself up in a crowd of civilians attempting to flee Fallujah, killing two people and wounded three, according to police.


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Post by sassy on Mon Jun 06, 2016 5:08 pm

There have been many drownings, lots of them children, as they try to flee across the river.   But of course, they are not really refugees, they just want to claim benefits.

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Post by eddie on Mon Jun 06, 2016 6:27 pm

I don't seem to remember anyone saying that children wanted to claim benefits, I think people have a problem with the fit young men who came over and caused havoc and moaned about everything....and claimed benefits.

And I also have a problem with the many Polish who claim child benefit here and send it to their children in Poland.
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