|13,000 families flee Fallujah: Iraqi Red Crescent||
More than 13,000 families have fled Fallujah in the past few days amid clashes and shelling after the city fell to al-Qaeda-linked militants, the Iraqi Red Crescent said on Wednesday.
"Most of them are now living in schools, public buildings or with relatives," said Mohammed al-Khuzaie, a Red Crescent official, AFP reported.
Meanwhile, the top United Nations official in Iraq warned of a "critical humanitarian situation" in the country's west as government forces attempt to regain control of two key cities overrun by al-Qaeda-linked militants.
According to AP, UN envoy to Iraq Nickolay Mladenov said on Wednesday that the humanitarian situation in western Anbar province is likely to worsen as military operations to rout the fighters continue around the cities of Fallujah and Ramadi.
He says stocks of food, water and medicine in Fallujah are beginning to run out, and that more than 5,000 families have fled to neighboring provinces to escape the fighting.
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