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UN: More than 140,000 Iraqis flee Anbar violence

Published: 01.24.14, 19:59 / Israel News

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)


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