Iraq unrest: 140,000 people displaced, says UN

Last Updated: Saturday, January 25, 2014 - 17:21

Zee Media Bureau/Tarun Khanna

Baghdad: A United Nation report claims that nearly 140,000 people had fled the two cities - Fallujah and Ramadi - of Iraq since December when violence erupted between Iraqi troops and al Qaeda-linked militants.

The UN claims that the figure of displacement is largest than the country has ever witnessed since the sectarian violence of 2006-2008 that left thousands dead.

UNHCR spokesperson Peter Kessler has revealed that over the past one week, more than 60,000 people have fled their homes. He further added that many people are unable to leave conflict-affected areas where food and fuel supply is less. He also said that people in the Anbar province are without money and suitable clothes for rainy season and that children are not in schools.

Those fled the conflict-affected areas have found refuge in Baghdad and other nearby provinces.

Al Qaeda militants have tightened their grip on Fallujah which has been out of government control for the past many weeks.

The clashes flared up after Iraqi forces dismantled anti-government protest camps outside Ramadi in December last year. The protests have been carried out by Sunnis against the Shiite-led government.

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First Published: Saturday, January 25, 2014 - 15:44

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