Iraqi security officials announced that the ISIL has besieged two thousand families in the surrounding villages of Ameriya region near the city of Fallujah in Anbar province in Western Iraq to use them as human shield.
“The ISIL terrorists have laid siege on 2,000 families in Albu Hawi and Hasi villages in Northern Ameriya to the South of Fallujah city,” Head of Ameriya Police Center Major Aref al-Dailami said on Sunday.
Dailami said that the ISIL has also separated the youth from the families and transferred them to its prisons in Fallujah city.
“The ISIL’s siege on the Iraqi families came after the Iraqi government troops and popular forces advanced in the regions located between Ameriya and al-Salam regions some 7 kilometers to Southern Fallujah,” he added.
Dailami reiterated that the Iraqi security and popular forces are preparing for massive operations to break the siege of Albu Hawi and Hasi villages and win them back.
In a relevant development on Saturday, the Iraqi army and volunteer forces (Hashd al-Shaabi) continued their advances in Anbar province against the ISIL terrorists and seized back a number of key villages and a strategic road near the city of Fallujah.
The army units are now in full control over several villages and restored security to Ameriya-Salam Road by pushing back terrorists from the region.
The ISIL terrorists’ armored vehicles and arms depots were destroyed in the army offensives.
The ISIL terrorists, however, tried to attack the Iraqi army’s positions with three suicide vehicles, but the Hashd al-Shaabi (popular) forces destroyed the vehicles and killed all the terrorists inside.
The Iraqi fighter jets, meantime, struck and destroyed the military vehicles and ammunition depots of the ISIL along Ameriya-Salam road.
Also, the Iraqi forces fortified their positions in al-Salam village to the West of al-Bu Gharib and took full control of its police center.
The Iraqi warplanes also hit the terrorists’ positions in the Northern part of the Euphrates River in the suburban area of al-Baghdadi region Northwest of al-Ramadi.
ISIL still controls Fallujah, only 50 kilometers (30 miles) West of Iraqi capital Baghdad, but it is almost completely besieged by pro-government forces.