More than 3 million Iraqis displaced

2015-06-23 21:02
Refugees fleeing from Mosul head to the self-ruled northern Kurdish region, as they walk past an area in Irbil, 350km north of Baghdad, Iraq. (AP Photo)

Refugees fleeing from Mosul head to the self-ruled northern Kurdish region, as they walk past an area in Irbil, 350km north of Baghdad, Iraq. (AP Photo)

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Baghdad - The United Nations says the number of displaced within Iraq due to Islamic State group (ISIS) violence and fighting has exceeded 3 million - a grim milestone for the war-battered country.

Tuesday's statement by the International Organization for Migration, or IOM, says at least 3.09 million people have been displaced between January 2014 and June 4 within 18 Iraqi provinces.

It says the majority of the displaced are from Anbar province. More than 276 000 people were displaced over a two-month period between April and June alone amid fighting in Anbar's provincial capital, Ramadi, which eventually saw the city slip out of Iraqi government's control.

IOM also says that over 2 million displaced are housed in private homes while more than 638 000 people have been accommodated in shelters.

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