Clashes in Iraq's Anbar province displaces 400,000 individuals: IOM

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An internally displaced woman in Anbar province collects aid. Photo: UNHCR Iraq

The number of people displaced in Iraq's Anbar province by clashes between government forces and Sunni-backed rebels, has risen to over 400,000, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) warns.

Many of the displaced are in urgent need of humanitarian aid, the agency says.

The conflict has been mainly confined to Anbar province, but new reports suggest that the fighting has spread throughout the country.

Mandie Alexander is the IOM Emergency and Evaluation Coordinator in Iraq.

"On the 26th of February this year, the number of families displaced has reached 69,333. That's more than 400,000 individuals. Of these individuals displaced, 50,000 families remain within the province of Anbar facing ongoing clashes.Approximately 19,000 of these families have displaced now to other governorates of which Baqubah, Salah-Al-Din, Kirkurk and Kurdistan is now facing an influx of people."

Last week, hundreds of people demonstrated in Fallujah calling for an end to the government's shelling of Anbar province.

They were also asking the government to allow supplies inside the city.

But a subsequent truce initiative and 72-hour ceasefire was cut short by renewed mortar attacks.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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