Islamic Condition fighters are protecting against civilians from fleeing the town of Ramadi on ache of dying following Iraqi forces warned folks to depart forward of an impending offensive, residents explained Tuesday.
Iraqi forces have been air-dropping leaflets given that Sunday warning citizens to depart forward of an procedure to recapture the Islamic Condition stronghold. Inhabitants explained the extremist team desires to use civilians as human shields.
“ISIS is encircling us from all sides preventing us from leaving the metropolis,” said one particular resident, utilizing an additional identify for Islamic Condition. “We are desperate now. We cannot do anything…We have sick people with no medicine and there is no food to eat,” the male, who gave his nickname Abu Ahmed, mentioned in an audio message sent to friends exterior the metropolis on Monday night.
He urged Iraqi forces to hasten the procedure but be aware of civilians when they enter the metropolis.
Islamic Point out has threatened to kill any civilians who attempt to flee the city, said Naim al-Gaoud, a tribal leader from Anbar who heads his personal anti-Islamic State militia.
Iraqi soldiers and Sunni militiamen have encircled Ramadi, slicing off Islamic Condition supply strains and isolating the city of virtually 500,000 in preparing for a ground assault backed by U.S.-led airstrikes. Ramadi, about 60 miles west of Baghdad, is the capital of Anbar province, which is dominated by Iraq’s Sunni minority.