Middle East

Thousands flee fighting in Iraq's Fallujah

As fighting escalates in Anbar province, nearly 14,000 people have sought refuge in Iraq's northern Kurdish region.

Last updated: 10 Jan 2014 15:01
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback

Roughly 14,000 Iraqis have sought refuge in the country's northern Kurdish region after escaping violence in Anbar province, according to the Kurdistan regional government.

The refugees came from the city of Fallujah where the humanitarian situation is rapidly deteriorating, as people who were trapped in the city did not have access to food or fuel for days.

Pro-government fighters and Iraqi security forces have recently been involved in an operation against al-Qeada linked fighters of the Islamic State in Iraq and Levant (ISIL). 

Most of the people fleeing are staying in hotels or with family and friends and hope to return home within a month, once the situation stabilises in Anbar.

Al Jazeera's Imran Khan explains.


Al Jazeera
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
Topics in this article
Featured on Al Jazeera
UNHCR says hundreds of people trapped in Yaloke town risk death if they are not evacuated to safety urgently.
'Justice for All' demonstrations swell across the US over the deaths of African Americans in police encounters.
Six former Guantanamo detainees are now free in Uruguay with some hailing the decision to grant them asylum.
Disproportionately high number of Aboriginal people in prison highlights inequality and marginalisation, critics say.
Long-standing dispute over Christian use of the word 'Allah' raises concerns about a very un-Merry Christmas.
The threat posed by ISIL has prompted thousands of young Kurds to join the PKK.
Baja California - with its own grim history of disappeared people - finds a voice in the fight against violence.
Russian feminist rockers fight system holding 700,000 - the world's largest per capita prison population after the US.
Weeks of growing protests against Muslims continue in Dresden with 15,000 hitting the streets last Monday.