ISIL war crimes continue as they shoot civilians fleeing Falluja
Civilians fleeing Falluja, an Iraqi stronghold of the so-called Islamic State (IS), are being shot as they leave, an aid agency says.The Iraqi military has surrounded the city. It appears that ISIL wants to keep the civilians in the city to use as human shields. The Iraqi forces need to come up with a way to give the civilians cover for an escape route.
The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) said families it had interviewed described people being shot dead as they crossed the Euphrates River.
The NRC, that runs refugee camps near Falluja, said up to 50,000 people remained in the city.
Shakir al-Essawi, the head of Falluja's regional council, told Reuters people were trying to cross the Euphrates in refrigerators, cupboards and barrels.
"Our biggest fears are now tragically confirmed with civilians being directly targeted while trying to flee to safety," said Nasr Muflahi, the Iraq country director of the NRC, that said only that "armed opposition groups" were behind the shooting.