UN: More than 90,000 people fleeing violence in Anbar

The United Nations said on Sunday, more than 90,000 people fleeing violence in Iraq's Anbar province

UN: More than 90,000 people fleeing violence in Anbar

World Bulletin / News Desk 

More than 90,000 people are fleeing violence in Iraq's western province of Anbar, the United Nations said on Sunday.

ISIL members have been gaining ground around the provincial capital Ramadi over the past week, displacing thousands of families.

"Our top priority is delivering life-saving assistance to people who are fleeing -- food, water and shelter are highest on the list of priorities," Lise Grande, humanitarian coordinator for the United Nations in Iraq, said in a statement.

Iraqi forces are preparing to mount a counter-offensive to reverse ISIL advances on the eastern edge of Ramadi after military reinforcements were sent from Baghdad, officials said. Provincial officials warned earlier this week Ramadi was in danger of falling to the militants.

At least 2.7 million Iraqis have been displaced across the country since January 2014, including 400,000 from Anbar.

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