UN: Thousands flee latest ‘IS’ advance in Iraq

Jihadists’ advance in Iraq’s Anbar province has forced over 90,000 people to leave their homes, according to the United Nations. The “Islamic State” militants have been gaining ground in the area over the past week.

The citizens of Ramadi are fleeing in large numbers as at least three villages close to Anbar’s provincial capital have been overtaken by the Sunni militant group “Islamic State,” the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Iraq said Sunday.

“Our top priority is delivering life-saving assistance to people who are fleeing – food, water and shelter are highest on the list of priorities,” Lise Grande, the OCHA coordinator for Iraq, said in a statement.

Grande said she was concerned about the safety of the displaced people as many of them were heading to Fallujah, which is under IS’ control.
 
 
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