50,000 Civilians Still Trapped In Fallujah
Iraqi special forces are attempting to regain control of Fallujah from ISIS. However, 50,000 civilians remain trapped inside with limited provisions, including food and water. U.S. military personnel are helping with the operation to retake the city.
Lise Grande, the Humanitarian Aid Coordinator for Iraq, told UN Radio on Friday that the humanitarian crisis is very serious.
“We in the UN are extremely worried about what’s happening to civilians in the city,” she said. The civilians “are at extreme risk from airstrikes…from artillery fire,” she said. “They’ve been under tremendous stress since January when it became very difficult to leave the city and when very few supplies were able to enter the city.”
She said ISIS is forcing civilians to be “human shields” which “goes against all of the principles of international humanitarian law.”
The city needs to be liberated in order for civilians to get much needed food and medical care. However, ISIS forces are not backing down. In a series of diversionary counter-attacks in and around Baghdad, ISIS sponsored bombings killed at least 20 people, according to BBC News.
The city has been held by ISIS since 2014.