In Hit and its surrounding villages, ISIL gunmen have blown up a number of homes in the northwestern sector of the town along the banks of the Euphrates, among them the home of the member of Parliament Faisal Gu'oud and the homes of a number of Bu-Nimr tribal sheikhs who had defended the area for more than 2 weeks before it fell to the gunmen.
30 km away, in Baghdadi, fierce clashes resumed today while the town was being bombarded by mortar fire from across the river, driving residents to leave in search of safer areas.
In Fallujah, a number of residential districts were hit by mortar fire, in which one resident was killed and 17 wounded, according to initial estimates. Amiriyat Al-Fallujah is steadfast in resisting the advances by ISIL gunmen; the new Anbar police chief, Kadhum Al-Fahdawi, visited the town today and met with large numbers of local tribesmen. While there, he again called on the central government to 'extend a helping hand' in the fight against the armed groups and to recruit tribal volunteers to tske psrt in fighting them.
The Anbar Council has called today on the central government to provide additional funds for the province, in view of the large numbers of displaced people and families.