‘Hoping to escape death’ in Iraq

When fighting in the central Iraqi city of Ramadi forced thousands of people to flee their houses, they look for refuge in safer areas in the country, particularly in Al Amiriyah Fallujah and Al Khalidiya in Al Anbar province. The Iraqi Red Crescent Society reported that more than 2,000 families were displaced, worsening the already fragile humanitarian situation. “The situation in the city is bad,” said Abu Ahmed, who was displaced by recent violence. “We witnessed many people losing their lives because of the exchange of fire.” The Iraqi Red Crescent dispatched aid convoys but recent rounds of fighting put an additional strain on the resources of the National Society, which was already providing urgent support for more than 2,500 families who had fled to the cities of Habbaniyah, Fallujah and Husaibah the month before.

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