Concern over civilians trapped in Iraqi city

An increasing number of people, including families with children and the elderly, have encountered deadly ambushes as they try to escape areas controlled by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). Photo: UNAMI

Aid officials are "extremely worried" about the humanitarian situation in the Iraqi city of Fallujah which has been under the control of the terrorist group, ISIL, also known as Daesh, for several years.

In recent months, the city has been experiencing widespread shortages of food and medicine, according to the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for the country, Lise Grande.

The insecurity is blocking aid groups from entering Fallujah but Ms Grande said the Iraqi authorities are set to open so-called "safe corridors" to allow civilians to flee the city.

Basma Baghall asked her about plans to help civilians there.

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