170 Civilians Flee ISIS in Hawija, Iraq

170 Civilians Flee ISIS in Hawija, Iraq

As the Iraqi Army is preparing to attack Hawija district in the west of Kirkuk, residents are frequently escaping from the ISIS militants in the town.

As the Iraqi Army is preparing to attack Hawija district in the west of Kirkuk, residents are frequently escaping from the ISIS militants in the town.

On Monday, March 21, nearly 170 Arab residents of Hawija arrived in the areas controlled by Kurdish Peshmerga forces in Kirkuk province. They had fled IS terrorists and allegedly walked for 15 hours to reach safety.

A Kurdish security official confirmed the arrival of the families, and pointed out that they will be going through security interrogations before they are allowed to enter the cities.

“IS has several times attempted to disguise its fighters as IDPs, trying to make sleeping cells inside Kurdish territories in Northern Iraq.”

Head of the Security Directorate in Dubz district, Ali Mohammed Hadi, revealed that since the fall of Hawija, over 3,000 families have so far fled the city and they were taken in by the Peshmerga forces on the Western Kirkuk frontline.


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