95 Killed in Iraq; Fighting Continues in Fallujah
Conditions in Fallujah are deteriorating
rapidly, according to officials. Supplies of essential items such as food and
medications are running out. Shelling from outside the city has killed dozens
of civilians, but Islamic State militants are killing those who try to flee.
They are also afraid of the Shi’ite militiamen waiting just outside the city
limits. According to the Norwegian Refugee Council, those residents who have
successfully escaped are in a state
of shock due to their months-long suffering in Fallujah.
Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi asked
Iraqis to postpone their demonstrations until after the operation to free
Fallujah is finished. The request appears have to be answered.
Sadrist protestors have called tomorrow’s weekly protest off.
Shi’ite militias have reportedly threatened
Sunni families in the Imam Ahmed neighborhood of Tuz Khormato
with death unless they move out immediately.
At least 95 people were killed and 80 were wounded:
The Anbar Provincial Council reports that six more civilians
have died in mortar attacks since the launch of operations in Fallujah.
That brings the total up to 32 deaths. Another 50 civilians have
been wounded in the shelling. Dozens of militants were killed
Bombs in Mishada and Sabaa al-Bour killed
four people and wounded 16 others.
In Baghdad, a bomb killed
three shoppers and wounded 10 more in Abu Dshir.
A bomb at a booby-trapped house in Tarmiya killed
five troops and wounded three more.
In Sejar and Jughafi, clashes left four
soldiers and 30 militants dead.
A bomb wounded
a militiaman near Baquba.
militants were killed in Khalidiya.
militants were killed in Albu Shejil.
Peshmerga forces in Bashiqa killed
Security personnel killed
two militant officers in Albu Bali.