More than 140,000 Iraqis have fled parts of Anbar province over clashes between security forces and al-Qaeda militants, the worst displacement of civilians in years, a UN official said Friday.
The spokesman for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Peter Kessler, described it as "the largest" displacement witnessed in the country since the sectarian violence of 2006-2008. He added that more than 65,000 people fled the conflict just in the past week alone. "Many civilians are unable to leave conflict-affected areas where food and fuel are now in short supply," he said. (AP)