About 10,000 people fled the Iraqi city of Fallujah occupied by the ISIL terror group, UN agencies said.
Officials from the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the World Food Program, World Health Organization and International Organization for Migration based their estimate on a weekend visit to the camps, according to the release, Sputnik reported.
The estimate came amid reports that ISIL fighters were shooting people who attempt to flee the city.
“In the past ten days, approximately 10,000 people have come to camps set up by the government to seek safety and services,” the agencies stated. “An estimated 50,000 people remain trapped in the city as the military offensive continues.”
Fallujah, located some 42 miles West of the Iraqi capital Baghdad, is one of the largest cities in the Anbar province. ISIL terrorist group has been in control of the city since 2014.
The Iraqi Army and local militias, backed by US airstrikes, launched the offensive to retake Fallujah on May 22.