Chris Garver, a spokesman for the international coalition against al Daash Islamic state, said Wednesday that Iraqi forces have taken up positions inside Fallujah, but was unable to besiege completely yet.
Garver said during a conference by video from Baghdad, saying: “It was a tough battle” to control the “beachhead” in the south of the city, and Iraqi forces are trying to “expand it now.”
Tens of thousands of civilians still trapped in the city, Valhrb extremely dangerous because of IEDs and snipers who target them, according to Agence France-Presse.
The number of civilians who manage to flee the city, but accused the security forces, especially elements of the factions of the popular crowd, committing all sorts of violations.
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has confirmed that a total of 43,470 people were displaced from Fallujah since the offensive began on 23 May / May last.
These forces began three weeks ago, an offensive to regain control of Fallujah, one of the main strongholds of the jihadists, which lies 50 kilometers away from Baghdad.
Saadi: qualitative progress
He announced the commander of the Fallujah operations Lt. Gen. Abdul-Wahab al-Saadi on Wednesday that the joint forces had made progress “qualitatively” access to Fallujah’s city center.
Saadi and the team said in a statement the “Radio” Sawa “that the very close distance between the units of joint operations and government complex, reaching sectors to sixtieth Street on the south-west axis, and to forty Street on the center axis.
And on the east axis, the group al-Saadi said that Iraqi forces have become close to the industrial district, pointing to liberate the southern axis completely.
Saadi, speaking for “Radio Sawa”: