Saturday, May 24, 2014

24 May 2014

In Fallujah, since last night and into this afternoon, military operations have continued without any army penetration into the city itself, given the fierce resistance shown by the gunmen. Army units are still positioned around the city's perimeter. Many Fallujah residential districts have been bombarded.
A medical source at the Fallujah General Hospital stated that 4 people have been killed and 19 others have been wounded today as a result of the shelling that has targeted many of the city's districts, as well as the northern sector around Al-Sichir and the northern sector around Al-Nu'aimiya.
The city's water-treatment plant was hit and has been severely damaged. Last week, the power plant was hit, depriving the whole city of electrical power.
Stringent security measures are still in place along the city's perimeter. The only access into and out of the city is at Al-Maftoul which is being opened at specific times to allow residents to leave the city.

In Ramadi, military operations are also continuing and a curfew is still in place amid strict security measures. The curfew has been lifted in the quieter residential districts but is still being enforced in the southern sector.
An Anbar police source has affirmed that security forces have advanced, particularly in the southern and southwestern districts which are now under their control.

In another development, a car bomb parked near the administration offices in Haditha - 138 km west of Ramadi and which has been safe and secure and free of any military operations - was detonated, wounding 7 people of whom 4 are local police personnel. The vicinity was secured and a curfew has been in place through this morning.

Meanwhile the situation being faced by the displaced Anbaris remains unchanged. A member of parliament from Anbar and chairperson of the Migrants and Displaced Persons Committee, Liqa'a Wardi, has revealed that cases of skin diseases have been reported among the migrants as a result of the rise in temperatures and water pollution; there have also been reports about the spread of other diseases - such as cholera, bilharzias, and malaria. She has also stressed that the migrants are in desperate need of relief aid.

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