More than 43,000 Iraqis have been displaced from the war-torn Iraqi city of Fallujah over the last three weeks, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) announced on Tuesday.
“A total of 43,470 internally displaced Iraqis (7,245 families) from Fallujah district between 22 May and 13 June,” a report by the organisation said, “this includes 10,548 individuals (1,758 families) who fled between 11 and 13 June.”
Meanwhile, the IOM said that “a total of 726,336 individuals were reported to have returned as of 26 May 2016… mainly to the governorates of Salahudin, Ninewa and Diyala.” It indicated that they returned due to the “improved security conditions.”
IOM said that the updated figure of internally displaced persons throughout Iraq was estimated by 3,306,822 individuals (551,137 families) from the beginning of 2014 until 26 May.
It noted that the majority of the displaced are originally from two governorates: Al-Anbar 42 per cent and Ninewa 35 per cent.