Aid gets to areas formerly controlled by ISIL terrorists in Iraq

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A young girl plays with boxes of aid her family has just received. Credit: OCHA/Iason Athanasiadis

Relief assistance is getting to people displaced by fighting in a town that had been besieged by the Islamic State of Iraq (ISIL) terrorists, according to the UN humanitarian agency (OCHA).

In December Iraqi government forces recaptured the town of Dhuluiya, north of Baghdad from ISIL insurgents who had controlled large parts of Salah al-Din Governorate for the previous six months.

OCHA says that 380 homes were destroyed in the town, resulting in the displacement of hundreds of families.

Humanitarian aid could not get to the people in need in the areas under ISIL control.

OCHA says that with the arrival of winter, the situation for the internally displaced persons and host communities began to worsen with an estimated 1,200 families in need of immediate support.

UN agencies have provided relief items, including blankets, jerry cans, hygiene kits and medical supplies to the local health centre, enough for 5,000 people for three months.

Stephanie Castro, United Nations

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