ISIS begins takeover in Iraqi city of Ramadi


A humanitarian catastrophe is looming in Iraq’s beleaguered Anbar Province, as Islamic State militants launched a fresh push to capture the regional council in the provincial capital of Ramadi.

An RFE/RL correspondent in Iraq reported on November 22 that the humanitarian situation in Anbar Province is the worst it has been for nine months. Anbar residents are not able to leave or enter residential districts because roads have been cut, and local people are concerned about the complete lack of food and fuel, the correspondent said.

Meanwhile, other reports warned that the humanitarian situation in the city of Fallujah, which is controlled by IS gunmen, is getting worse as a result of the continued siege and shelling of the city. Residents are running out of food and medicine, while the Fallujah General Hospital is also under fire.

The hospital warned earlier this month that it was suffering severe medical and staff shortages.

In Amiriyat al-Fallujah (about 40 kilometers west of Baghdad), which is under siege by IS militants, the humanitarian situation has been described as “difficult” and the local authorities have called for humanitarian aid to be sent to residents.

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