VIDEO: Iraqi Women, Children Flee from Daesh Militants Fighting in Fallujah

Thu Jun 2, 2016 19:07:04

Tens of families in buses headed to safe areas in Anbar province on Thursday after having fled the fighting in the besieged city of Fallujah, Al-Alam News Network reports.

Most of the displaced families were women and children. The Iraqi military’s advance into Fallujah was stalled on Wednesday by fierce resistance from Islamic State (Daesh / ISIS / ISIL) fighters and concerns over protecting tens of thousands of civilians still trapped inside the strategic city, officials said.

With the operation in its second week, convoys of Special Forces could only inch forward on the dusty southern outskirts of the city as a handful of airstrikes sent up plumes of white smoke above clusters of low buildings on the fringes of the city’s dense urban terrain.

More than 50,000 people are believed to be still inside Fallujah, and the UN estimated that 20,000 of them are children, warning that they face a dire humanitarian situation in addition to the risk of forced recruitment by the ISIS extremists.

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