Iraqi IDPs return home at last

Iraqi IDPs

SHAFAQNA – The displaced population of Ramadi has started to return to the western Iraqi city that was recaptured from ISIS militants in December, a provincial official said on Sunday.

About 3,000 families have returned since Saturday to districts of Ramadi that have been cleared of mines and explosives, city governor Hameed Dulaymi said.

Families are relying on electricity generators as the public grid has not been repaired, he said.

Water for domestic use is being pumped from the nearby Euphrates river, he added. Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province 100 kilometers (62 miles) west of Baghdad, is the first major success for Iraq’s army since it collapsed in the face of ISIS’ lightning advance across the country’s north and west about two years ago.

Most of the city’s population of nearly half a million fled before the battle, taking shelter in camps west of Baghdad.

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