200 people flee from areas controlled by ISIS in Kirkuk

Archival photo
Archival photo.

( Kirkuk – A source in Peshmerga forces in Kirkuk Province announced on Tuesday, that 200 people fled from the areas controlled by ISIS southwest and north of Kirkuk (250 km north of Baghdad), while emphasized that the escapees arrived in the areas controlled by Peshmerga forces.

The source said in a statement obtained by, “200 people, including children and women escaped from the areas controlled by ISIS in southern and western Kirkuk, as well as the regions of Zab, al-Qaraj, al-Kwir and the outskirts of Makhmour (75 km north-west of Kirkuk),” noting that, “The Peshmerga forces received the escaped families in Makhmour axis.”

The source, who asked anonymity, added, “The families are in extremely difficult situation, after spending the whole day trying to avoid ISIS fighters to reach the areas controlled by Peshmerga.”

Noteworthy the northern and southern areas of Kirkuk are still under ISIS control since June 2014, including the areas of Hawija, Zab, Riyad, Abbasi and Rashad.

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