10,000 Iraqis flee Fallujah floods after rebels open dam

ISIL rebels have had control of Fallujah and much of the Anbar province for the past two months.

10,000 Iraqis flee Fallujah floods after rebels open dam

World Bulletin / News Desk

10,000 Iraqis have reportedly fled the Anbar province city of Fallujah after rebels loyal to the self-styled Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) opened dam gateways, causing severe flooding.

Baghdad provincial parliament speaker Riyad el-Addad said flooding occurred afted the ISIL opened the dam gateways in an uncontrolled fashion. As a result, the entire Abu Ghraib district became flooded.

The ISIL, an Al Qaeda breakaway group, sent shockwaves around the world when they captured Iraq's second biggest city Mosul on June 10 after anti-government tribes gave their backing to their rebellion against Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's regime.

ISIL rebels have had control of Fallujah and much of the Anbar province for the past two months, where they have been fighting off constat assaults by the Baghdad-based government forces.

The fighting has forced up to a million civilians to flee their homes as the army continues to shell residential areas in the region.

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