“Daesh-held Fallujah residents starving”
The UN has warned about deteriorating humanitarian situation in Fallujah, where thousands of Iraqis are trapped without food under the control of Daesh terrorists.
The UN World Food Program said in a report on Monday that the food situation for 60,000 civilians in Fallujah is worrying.
“As the siege continued in Fallujah for the third consecutive month, no sign of improvement was recorded in March; food prices remain extremely high, and stocks in shops and households are depleting,” said the report.
“In March, the price of wheat was six times more expensive than in December,” it added.
The report, which was conducted by a mobile phone survey last month, said markets and shops in the city have run out of food supplies, such as sugar, wheat, rice, vegetable oil and lentils.
“Aid has not reached Fallujah since the government recaptured nearby Ramadi in December 2015,” it added.
The Human Rights Watch said in a report on Thursday that Fallujah residents were starving, with what little food available being sold at exorbitant prices. The report said people were forced to eat food from grass.
Fallujah, which lies about 50 km (30 miles) west of Baghdad, is considered to be one of the two main strongholds of Daesh. The other city is Mosul in northern Iraq.
Mosul fell into the Daesh control early in the summer of 2014. An Iraqi army operation launched last month with US contentions of support to retake Mosul came to an immediate halt.
The army has said the terrorists had planted hundreds of roadside bombs and booby traps along main roads leading in and out of the city.