Most people are fleeing to the camps of Khaldiya, Habbaniyah Tourist City and Ameriyat Al Fallujah
. The largest is Ameriyat Al Fallujah
camp, 40 km west of Baghdad, with some 45,000 people.
The 83,000 desperate people, displaced by last week's battle between ISIS fighters and Iraqi counterterrorism forces in Fallujah, are only the country's latest internal refugees. In Anbar province alone there were already more than 75,000 people huddled in camps in Khalidiyah, Habbaniyah and Ameriyat al Fallujah
. Aid organizations are forced to resettle people in camps that are already at capacity, severely limiting (http://www.unocha.org/iraq/about-ocha-iraq/iraq-humanitarian-pooled-fund) resources.
WHO has established a new primary health care centre with a local partner in Amiriyat Al Fallujah
to serve the internally displaced population, including the recently arrived families estimated at nearly 3250 families (19 500 persons) living in 5 camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs) and 5 informal settlements around the Bzibiz area.
Dubbed as the "warm winter campaign 2015-2016," QRCS distributed 4,950 blankets for 1,650 families (around 10,000 beneficiaries) inside IDP camps in A'mereyet Al Fallujah
, Al Khalideya and Al Hubaneya in the Anbar governorate.
In Iraq, Islamic State militants were closing on the town of Amriyat Al Fallujah
, one of the last still controlled by the government in the troubled Anbar province and only 35 kilometres (20 miles) from Baghdad.
He recalled a time when residents of his village in Al Fallujah
in Iraq used to walk to the banks of the Euphrates river to watch the moon as the Sun set on Sha'aban 29 to declare the start of the fast.
Story by Lt.j.g Christopher Wald, Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 28, al Fallujah
In addition to the presentation of the new TFFT, the ceremony highlighted the achievements of the 323d Engineer Fire Fighting Detachment, whose members were recognized in November 2004 for rescuing injured Soldiers from a downed Chinook helicopter in Al Fallujah
The squadron performed its first employment of the GBU-38 "J-82" laser-guided bomb in the reactive role during urban CAS missions over Al Fallujah
Soldiers conduct a dismounted patrol in Al Fallujah