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Thousands flee Falluja through new exit route

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>> As fighting continues in Fallujah, thousands of civilians have begun fleeing through a new escape route. Iraqi forces clearing the so-called "peace junction" over the weekend. The first exit, they say, to be completely secured and relatively safe. An aid group estimating some 4,000 people have escaped in the first 24 hours since it opened.
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Reuters' Stephen Collin is in Baghdad.>> For many of these people, escape has come at a high cost. Many people have been killed by Islamic State snipers or by bombs planted along the roads as they try to escape. The military's ability to open up this route could be very important for the situation in the city which is approaching humanitarian crisis.
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>> The Islamic State stronghold has been under siege since late May. Tens of thousands of people have already fled, at least a dozen are thought to have drowned trying to make it out across the Euphrates, and those still trapped inside face dwindling food and water supplies.