7,100 families displaced from Iraq's Anbar, Suleiman Beik: Migration official
Monday, February 24, 2014
BAGHDAD - Around 7100 families have fled violence in Iraq's western Anbar province and the Saladin province's Suleiman Beik neighborhood and sought refuge in the northern Saladin province, an Iraqi government official said Monday.
"Displaced families are living in very bad conditions," said Fazaa al-Gabouri, an official with the Iraqi Migration Office, an affiliate of the Migration and Displacement Ministry in Saladin.
"But efforts are being exerted to help them," he told Anadolu Agency.
Suleiman Beik, located in Saladin's town of Tuz Khormato, has recently been at the center of violent confrontations between government troops backed by military aircraft and armed militants affiliated with the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant group.
The volatile town of Tuz Khormato, which is disputed between the Baghdad government and the Kurdish administration in northern Iraq, has recently seen a series of bombings that have claimed scores of lives.
Al-Gabouri said that, even though tensions had recently eased somewhat in Suleiman Beik, some families were still afraid to return to their homes there.
According to Migration Office figures, around 3,500 families have fled violence in Saladin and sought refuge in Samarra; 1,500 families have sought refuge in Tikrit; 600 in Baiji; and 250 in the agricultural town of Al-Dour.
The remaining 1,050 families have fled to other towns in Saladin, according to the Migration Office.
Iraq has seen a spike in violence in recent months, with bombings and assassinations killing hundreds of people. Most attacks go unclaimed, but authorities usually point the finger at al-Qaeda-linked militants.
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