Surge of refugees puts strain on Iraqi town

Close to 200,000 people fleeing Anbar Province seek refuge in Samarra putting more pressure on struggling town.

    Almost half a million Iraqis have fled their homes in the province of Anbar after a military operation against the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL), a group linked to al-Qaeda.

    Almost 200,000 have fled to a town north of Baghdad, where residents are already struggling to cope.

    The Anbar refugees are clearly putting a strain on Samarra, which has a population of 300,000. 

    Al Jazeera's Imran Khan reports from Samarra.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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