Iraqi families are pictured near al-Sejar village, in Iraq's Anbar province, after fleeing the city of Fallujah, on May 27, 2016, during a major operation by Pro-government forces to retake the city. AFP / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE
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Daesh (ISIS) fighters may have captured up to 3,000 fleeing Iraqi villagers Thursday and subsequently executed 12 of them, the U.N. refugee agency UNHCR said in a daily report on events in Iraq. The report followed a statement from the Iraqi Observatory for Human rights, which said about 1,900 civilians had been captured by an estimated 100-120 Daesh fighters, who were using people as shields against attacks by Iraqi Security Forces. The fighting had displaced 3.4 million people in Iraq by July 2016 .Iraqi authorities reported 300,000 displaced people returned to Ramadi district, UNHCR said.
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