9 killed in army shelling of Iraq's Fallujah

At least nine people were killed and scores injured Tuesday when the Iraqi army shelled residential areas of the western city of Fallujah.

At least nine people were killed and scores injured Tuesday when the Iraqi army shelled residential areas of the western city of Fallujah.

FALLUJAH, Iraq – At least nine people were killed and scores injured Tuesday when the Iraqi army shelled residential areas of the western city of Fallujah.

"Two children were among those killed in the shelling," medic Ahmed Shami told Anadolu Agency.

According to Shami, four women and three children were injured by army mortar fire.

Since last December, the Iraqi army has been battling militants in the western Anbar province – of which Fallujah is a key city.

Since the offensive began late last year, hundreds of civilians have been killed and injured in Fallujah and Ramadi, according to government officials.

Shami said that 288 people had been killed and 1251 injured since the fighting began in Fallujah.

The flashpoint city has remained inaccessible to Iraqi security forces since militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) – which the government says is linked to Al-Qaeda – seized control of the city.

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