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Falluja nearly encircled, civilians drown fleeing city

world Updated: Jun 06, 2016 09:51 IST

BAGHDAD: Fighters battling to retake Falluja from the Islamic State said on Sunday they had the Iraqi city almost completely encircled, as civilians risked their lives trying to flee the city. At least four people drowned and nine were missing after trying to cross the Euphrates river to escape the Islamic State stronghold city west of Baghdad, medics and officials said. About 50,000 civilians live in Falluja with limited access to water, food and healthcare, according to a UN estimate.

First Published: Jun 06, 2016 09:51 IST