Friday, 29 May 2015 06:43

Iraqis Fleeing Battles in Ramadi Being Denied Entry To Safe Areas; They Are Returning To The Conflict :IRC

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Tens thousands people have fled Ramadi since militants overran the city, in Iraq's Anbar province, earlier this month, the United Nations reports. Most of those displaced have headed to nearby governates – including Baghdad, about 60 miles to the east. The International Rescue Committee is concerned that arbitrary and irresponsible security measures are preventing many of them from reaching safety. 
 
“Thousands of people fleeing Ramadi are stuck at checkpoints or being denied entry to safe areas,” said Mark Schnellbaecher, the IRC’s regional crisis response director. “For some people the situation has become so hopeless that they are returning to the conflict in Ramadi.”
 
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