Rights group, tribes urge Iraqi forces to save "starving" Fallujah
BAGHDAD- Human Rights Watch (HRW) called on Iraqi forces besieging ISIS-held Fallujah to allow aid to reach tens of thousands of residents facing acute shortages of food and medicine.


The Iraqi army, police and Iranian-backed Shi'ite Muslim militias - backed by air strikes from a U.S.-led coalition - have maintained a near total siege on Falluja since late last year.


Desperate residents are making soup from grass and using flour from ground date seeds to make bread, New York-based HRW said in a report. Food, when available, costs up to 50 times the normal price.


First published: 04.07.16, 15:48