Iraq: Tens of Thousands Trapped in Hawija as U.S.-Backed Offensive Begins

HeadlineSep 22, 2017
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Iraq’s military has launched a U.S.-backed offensive against ISIS in the northern city of Hawija. The U.N. warns as many as 85,000 people could be displaced by the fighting, and the aid group Save the Children says up to 30,000 children are in “extreme danger.” The group’s deputy director said children were already suffering terribly under ISIS with food, water and medicine in short supply, adding, “Now families face a terrible choice of staying put as fighting intensifies, or risking their lives to flee on foot for up to 12 hours through minefields and snipers, then wade across a river to reach safety.”

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