• Mohammed (9, sitting up) told NRC, "My feet were very painful and tired after having to run all night". Ishwaq, her husband and their three children (all under the age of 12) managed to escape Fallujah, 23 May 2016. They ran during the night for three hours before arriving at the border checkpoint where they raised white flags made by cloths so they wouldn't be shot at.
    • NRC is present in Al Iraq camp in Amiriyat Al- Fallujah in Anbar province, providing newly displaced families from Anbar and Fallujah with water, food parcels and hygiene kits.
    • Shi'ite fighters with Iraqi security forces fire artillery during clashes with Islamic State militants near Falluja, Iraq, May 29, 2016.
    • Yasmin is Yousra's sister. “She is so tired that she can only cry,” says her mother. She arrived with her parents and siblings in Al Fallujah camp in Ameriyat Al Fallujah during the early morning hours. Neighbors had cooked them this food.
    • Newly arrived Iraqis from Fallujah on early morning on 25 May 2016, being received by NRC staff.
    • Iraqi forces help families near al-Sejar village in Anbar province after fleeing the city of Fallujah, May 27, 2016, during a major operation to retake the city of Fallujah, from the Islamic State (IS) by pro-government forces.
    • Iraqi families are pictured near al-Sejar village in Anbar province, after fleeing the city of Fallujah, May 27, 2016, during a major operation by Iraqi forces to retake the city of Fallujah from the Islamic State (IS).
    • Internally displaced civilians from Fallujah flee their homes during fight between Iraqi security forces and Islamic State group, May 26, 2016.

    Families Fleeing Fallujah War Zone

    Published May 30, 2016

    Iraqi security forces began an operation on May 29, 2016, to retake the city of Fallujah from Islamic State extremists, military leaders said. Families escaping the fighting in the Iraqi city of Fallujah said Islamic State was forcing them out of their homes and moving them from house to house in the crossfire.


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