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Mass Suicide Becomes Only Solution in Fallujah - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive 2005 -2017
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Iraqis are helping an old lady to leave Ziggurat of Ur beside Ramadi

Iraqis are helping an old lady to leave Ziggurat of Ur beside Ramadi

Ramadi-Suicide has become the only solution for Fallujah citizens in their fight against hunger and besiegement. They are living a humanitarian crisis as children are dying from hunger before their families’ eyes.

This starvation has killed a great number of children, women and old people, and it is on its way to end the lives of many people who are no longer able to resist hunger and sickness.

Hajj Abu Ibrahim, 65, a citizen from Fallujah, told Asharq Al-Awsat that the “catastrophic conditions in which we live is worsening day after day, especially since the security forces imposed a blockade on the city and prevented the entry of food and medical supplies. “

Abu Ibrahim added that this besiegement has affected the citizens in precise and not ISIS militants as the latter are receiving aid from time to time. “The siege led the city to run out of food and medical supplies, thus people are looking for grass and tree leaves to cook using wood fire; which has caused the outbreak of many intestinal diseases among children and parents and later was the reason behind their death,” the citizen said.

He also pointed out that medical staff in the city’s hospital left after it ran out of medical substances or drugs. “The siege and lack of food and medicine caused some Fallujah residents to commit suicide,” he added.

Other citizens confirmed that they are eating fodder for lunch. As for water, they receive it once per week on Monday and only for one hour.

The citizens told Asharq Al-Awsat that suicide in their city is happening on a daily basis. They noted that starving Fallujah was preplanned as the government and coalition forces have been practicing mass punishment against the city, which resisted them during their invasion.

Furthermore, Life with ISIS in Fallujah has become impossible. “Entire families committed mass suicide due to starvation and disappointment in the pointless siege of the city by Iraqi forces,” said civilians who managed to escape the city.

“Since the beginning of this year, Anbar authorities in coordination with the Iraqi security forces have opened safe corridors to the people of Fallujah fleeing from ISIS,” Suhaib al-Rawi, the Governor of Anbar province explained for Asharq Al-Awsat. “But ISIS has planted bombs on the corridor,” Rawi added.

He warned that ISIS has been committing mass killings against the people of Fallujah.