ISIS prevents Fallujah residents from fleeing

2016-05-25 16:02
A unit of  Badr Brigades an armed Shi’ite group under the umbrella of the Popular Mobilization Forces moves to take combat positions outside Fallujah, 65km west of Baghdad, Iraq. (Rwa Faisal, AP)

A unit of Badr Brigades an armed Shi’ite group under the umbrella of the Popular Mobilization Forces moves to take combat positions outside Fallujah, 65km west of Baghdad, Iraq. (Rwa Faisal, AP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Baghdad - A local Iraqi official and an aid group say the Islamic State group (ISIS) is preventing people from fleeing Fallujah amid a military operation to recapture the city west of Baghdad.

Shakir al-Issawi, the head of the council in the nearby town of Amiriyat al-Fallujah, says only about 20 families have left from Fallujah's outskirts since the offensive started three days ago. Al-Issawi says no families managed to flee Wednesday as ISIS militants tightly control the city exits.

The Norwegian Refugee Council says ISIS extremists are threatening residents with death if they attempt to flee. Its spokesperson, Becky Bakr Abdullah, says there is much fear for anyone "attempting to flee."

Thousands of civilians are estimated to remain in Fallujah, which ISIS has held for over two years.

Read more on:    isis  |  iraq

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.