An Iraqi refugee boy cools himself from the heat, at a camp for displaced Iraqis who fled from Mosul and other towns, in the Khazer area outside Irbil, northern Iraq, Tuesday, June 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)
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Amsha's family decided to leave the northern Iraqi city of Tal Afar after shelling one night killed a neighbor as he used his outdoor toilet.The 24-year-old now lives in a tent with the other eight members of her family at the Germawa camp in the Kurdish province of Dohuk. She describes nights of terror as Sunni militants traded fire with Iraqi troops desperate to hold onto the town. Amsha, who declines to give her last name, has spent eight days in the camp, after fleeing with her family late one night.A Kurdish official overseeing the camp says nearly 700 people are sheltering there – displaced from Tal Afar and nearby Mosul, a city of some 2 million that was the first to fall in the militant offensive.Amsha, like many at the camp, says her family fled for fear of the government response to the militant assault as much as to escape the fighters.
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