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'Human catastrophe' unfolding in Fallujah, aid agency warns

A "human catastrophe" is unfolding in Fallujah as Iraqi forces continue their fight against IS, aid agencies have warned.

It is estimated that 50,000 civilians are still inside the Iraqi city and humanitarian groups have renewed calls on both sides to open up safe corridors for non-combatants to flee.

The UN have reported people starving to death in the city and being killed for refusing to fight for terror groups.

There are also reports IS were using hundreds of families as human shields during the assault.

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RAF conduct air strikes against IS in battle for Falluja

File picture of an RAF Typhoon taking off Credit: PA

British forces have carried out airstrikes in support of the Iraqi battle to free Fallujah from the so-called Islamic State.

The Ministry of Defence confirmed RAF aircraft attacked terrorist positions in the militant-held city on Monday, as Iraqi special forces launched their first ground assault on the territory.

The MOD said Tornados, Typhoons and remotely controlled Reapers offered air support to Iraqi troops in the days leading up to Monday's assault.

Stockpiles of terrorist weapons had been destroyed, including a building north-west of Fallujah where a "large group of terrorists" had been reportedly preparing for a counter-attack.

Fallujah is situated 40 miles west of Baghdad and has been under IS control for more than two years.

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