Thousands of civilians in Iraq's Anbar province flee ISIL attack

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Syrian Kurds from the town of Kobane seeking shelter in Iraq’s Kurdistan region. Photo: UNHCR/D. Nahr

The latest offensive on the city of Hit in Iraq's Anbar province by the militant ISIL terrorist group has forced an estimated 180,000 civilians to flee their homes, according to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR).

The exodus from Hit is the fourth major wave of displacement in less than a year in Iraq.

Many people have fled attacks by ISIL, also known as ISIS, multiple times.

Melissa Fleming is UNHCR Spokesperson in Geneva.

"After its capture by ISIS and affiliated armed groups over the weekend, we estimate that 180,000 people have fled from that town. This is located just 180 km from Baghdad. The city's residents are mostly Sunni but it also was refuge to a large number of displaced people who fled there from other parts of Anbar before."(25")

Meanwhile, UNHCR says that in northern Iraq, an increasing number of Syrian Kurds from Kobane city, which is also under attack by ISIL, are seeking shelter in Dohuk.

According to the agency the displaced people crossed the border from Turkey, bringing the total number of Syrians from Kobane who have entered Iraq to about 5,400.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

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