Iraqi soldiers check a house in Saqlawiya, northwest of Fallujah, during an operation to regain territory from Daesh. AFP / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE
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The United Nations Wednesday revised significantly upward the number of civilians believed trapped in besieged Fallujah, a Daesh (ISIS) stronghold near Baghdad, to possibly 90,000 from a previous estimate of 50,000 .The Iraqi army began an offensive to dislodge the insurgents from Fallujah on May 23, but the city has been under a de facto siege, with no supplies getting in, for about six months.Grande made an urgent call to fund operations to help more than 7 million people in the war-torn country, saying only 30 percent of the U.N.'s $860 million appeal has been met so far.Iraq's income has shrank dramatically since oil prices collapsed two years ago, restricting its ability to bring relief to more than 3 million internally displaced people, mainly from the northern and western regions under Daesh control.
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