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IRAQI RESIDENTS FLEE ISIS-HELD TOWN OF TEL KEYF

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(Reuters) Hundreds of Iraqis waited to be taken to displacement camps on Monday (January 9) after fleeing their homes in Tel Keyf town to the north of Mosul.

The town is controlled by ISIS, but is surrounded by the Iraqi army, which launched an offensive in mid-October to drive the militants out. Some residents recounted how fortunate they were to be able to escape the militants.

Dozens of families waited at security checkpoint in the Shalalat region to be transported to displacement camps. More than 135,000 people in Mosul have been displaced out of a population of roughly 1.5 million, but the numbers have increased by nearly 50 percent to 2,300 daily, the U.N. refugee agency said.

The humanitarian situation in the city was “dire”, the agency said, with food stockpiles dwindling, prices of staples spiralling, and camps and emergency sites reaching maximum capacity.

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