UN says 20,000 children trapped in Fallujah as Iraqi forces, ISIS battle for control

June 1, 2016 8:13 AM

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The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) warned of a potenial humanitarian disaster in Fallujah, Iraq Wednesday, estimating that 20,000 children were trapped with their families inside the ISIS-held city.

In a statement, UNICEF called on Iraqi troops and ISIS militants to "protect children inside Fallujah" and "provide safe passage to those wishing to leave the city." The statement also warned that children ran the risk of being forced to fight alongside the terror group.

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