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Daesh terrorists kill 40 Iraqi citizens north of Ramadi

Iran Press TV

Thu Dec 31, 2015 8:4AM

The Takfiri Daesh terrorist group has reportedly executed more than three dozen civilians near Ramadi following the city's recapture by the Iraqi army.

A local security source told the al-Sumaria television that Deash executed 40 civilians, including women and children, in the al-Sherka district on Wednesday evening.

The killing came two days after Iraqi army and allied voluntary fighters regained control over Ramadi, which had been under the Daesh control since May.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi visited southern outskirts of the city a day it was liberated to receive briefing by security and provincial officials.

About 700 Daesh militants are believed to be hiding in the central and eastern outskirts of Ramadi.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has said the conditions are not ripe yet for tens of thousands of displaced Ramadi residents to return.

There are concerns that Daesh snipers might attack Iraqi forces or returning civilians.

On Wednesday, the terrorists clashed with Iraqi security personnel and tribal fighters in the eastern Husaiba al-Sharqiya and Jweba neighborhoods of Ramadi.

Following the liberation, the Iraqi government set up a refugee camp for displaced families.

"This camp is specially set up for families from Ramadi. Before we started the military operation of retaking Ramadi, we had some preparation, and our Anbar provincial government set up this refugee camp," Faleh al-Issawi, the vice-chairman of Anbar Provincial Council, said.

'Since the military operation started, there are 58 refugees families from Ramadi taking refuge in this camp, now about 400 people.'

Al-Issawi said the biggest difficulty at the camp was the shortage of electricity and heating devices amid a very cold weather.

The northern and western parts of Iraq have been plagued by violence ever since Daesh began an offensive in June 2014.

Army soldiers and Popular Mobilization units are fighting to drive out the terrorists from about 30% of the Iraqi territories which they are still holding.

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