ICRC: sparing the civilians of Fallujah

Fierce fighting around the Iraqi city of Fallujah in May raised serious concerns about the well-being and safety of civilians still trapped in and around the city. The situation was particularly problematic for the tens of thousands of men, women, children and elderly people who remain stuck inside Fallujah, the largest town in Anbar province, and who have had very limited access to food, water and basic healthcare for the past two years. “Civilians must be spared and allowed to leave Fallujah safely, while houses and other civilian infrastructure must not be targeted,” said Katharina Ritz, ICRC head of delegation in Iraq.

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