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>> On the outskirts of Fallujah, the Iraqi offensive to recapture the city continues relentlessly. The med reports that the Islamic State is using human shields there. About 3,700 people have fled the IS bastion over the past week as Iraqi government forces close in. IS militants fought back vigorously overnight on Monday.
Elite rapid response team soldiers stopped their advance about 500 meters from the Al Shahada District.
e hospital says they received reports that 32 civilians were killed. According to one aid agency a human catastrophe is unfolding there. Fallujah has been under siege for over six months, the current offensive to recapture it started on the 23rd of May, there are no foreign aid organizations in the city.
These civilians seeking refuge in nearby towns, but more than 50,000 are still trapped. Access to water, food, and healthcare seriously limited. Fallujah's the second largest Iraqi city still under control of the militants after Mosul. It was the first to fall under Islamic State control in January 2014. If this ongoing offensive is successful, it'll be the third major city in Iraq to be recaptured after Saddam's hometown Tikrit and Ramadi.