Over 140,000 families repatriated in Salahuddin: Ministry

Families fleeing the violence in the Iraqi city of Mosul arrive at a checkpoint in outskirts of Arbil, in Iraq’s Kurdistan region, June 10, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer

Baghdad ( Number of displaced families in Salahuddin province has exceeded 140,000 families, the Defense Ministry has declared on Sunday.

In a statement, the ministry said, “the number of families repatriated in Salahuddin reached 41,903 families in Tikrit and 2,751 families in the residential area in al-Dor.”

Moreover, the whole number of families repatriated in al-Dor reached 6,796, compared to 5,169 in alBu-Ojail. “In Shirqat, 30,616 families returned to the town, while 56,032 families returned to Biji, making the total number of repatriated families reach 143,267 families.”

Federal Police announced, last week, liberation of eastern Shirqat, the group’s holdout in north of Salahuddin.

225 militants had been killed since the launch of operations in Shirqat, Jawdat previously announced.

Earlier this month, Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi and the Joint Operations Command announced launch of first phase of operations to liberate Hawija and western Shirqat. Federal Police, Rapid Response and the pro-government Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) took part in the attack, according to the command.

The Iraqi army said in September its forces recaptured the western coast of Shirqat, located south of Mosul, on the west bank of the Tigris river, after being surrounded for months by Iraqi troops and the pro-government Shi’ite militias.

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