Over 7000 fam­i­lies dis­placed from An­bar and Suleiman Beik

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Ac­cord­ing to Mi­gra­tion Of­fice fig­ures, around 3 500 fam­i­lies have fled vi­o­lence in Sal­adin and sought refuge in Sa­marra, while an­other 1 500 fam­i­lies have sought refuge in Tikrit, 600 in Baiji, and 250 in the agri­cul­tural town of Al-Dour.

Ac­cord­ing to Mi­gra­tion Of­fice fig­ures, around 3 500 fam­i­lies have fled vi­o­lence in Sal­adin and sought refuge in Sa­marra, while an­other 1 500 fam­i­lies have sought refuge in Tikrit, 600 in Baiji, and 250 in the agri­cul­tural town of Al-Dour.

Around 7100 fam­i­lies have fled vi­o­lence in Iraq's western An­bar prov­ince and the Suleiman Beik re­gion in Sal­adin prov­ince and sought refuge in north­ern Sal­adin prov­ince, an Iraqi govern­ment of­fi­cial said last Mon­day.

"The dis­placed fam­i­lies are liv­ing in very bad con­di­tions, but ef­forts are be­ing made to help them," said Fazaa al-Gabouri, an of­fi­cial with the Iraqi Mi­gra­tion Of­fice, an af­fil­i­ate of the Mi­gra­tion and Dis­place­ment Min­istry in Sal­adin.

Suleiman Beik, which is in the town of Tuz Khor­mato, has re­cently been at the cen­ter of vi­o­lent con­fronta­tions be­tween govern­ment troops backed by mil­i­tary air­craft and armed mil­i­tants af­fil­i­ated with the Is­lamic State in Iraq and the Le­vant group.

The volatile town of Tuz Khor­mato, which is dis­puted by the Bagh­dad govern­ment and the Kur­dish ad­min­is­tra­tion in north­ern Iraq, has re­cently seen a se­ries of bomb­ings that have claimed scores of lives.

Al-Gabouri said that even though ten­sions had re­cently eased some­what in Suleiman Beik, some fam­i­lies were still afraid to re­turn to their homes.

Ac­cord­ing to Mi­gra­tion Of­fice fig­ures, around 3 500 fam­i­lies have fled vi­o­lence in Sal­adin and sought refuge in Sa­marra, with an­other 1 500 fam­i­lies seek­ing refuge in Tikrit, 600 in Baiji, and 250 in Al-Dour.

The re­main­ing 1 050 fam­i­lies have fled to other towns in Sal­adin, ac­cord­ing to the Mi­gra­tion Of­fice.

Iraq has seen a spike in vi­o­lence in re­cent months, with bomb­ings and as­sas­si­na­tions killing hun­dreds of people. Most at­tacks have gone un­claimed, but au­thor­i­ties usu­ally point the fin­ger at mil­i­tants linked to al-Qaeda.

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