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 of Fallujah, from ISIS. / AFP / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE
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Hundreds of people fled the Fallujah area Friday as forces pressed simultaneous offensives on the Iraqi city and on another of ISIS's key bastions in Syria.An estimated 50,000 civilians remained trapped in Fallujah city however, as well as twice that number along Syria's border with Turkey as a result of an ISIS sweep near Aleppo. The U.S.-led coalition claimed it killed a key ISIS commander for the Fallujah area, although it was not clear when. Tens of thousands of Iraqi forces on May 22-23 launched an offensive to retake Fallujah, one of only two major Iraqi cities still controlled by ISIS, the other being Mosul.ISIS fighters holed up in Fallujah are believed to number around 1,000 and while the myriad forces involved in the operation have moved closer, none have yet entered the city proper. Fallujah is one of ISIS's most important bastions. Along Syria's border with Turkey, an ISIS offensive in the Aleppo province left at least another 100,000 people stranded, rights groups and activists said.
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