“Famine is killing us,” read the slogans carried by tens of women who took to the streets of Fallujah, a city in the Iraqi province of Al Anbar, located roughly 69 kilometers west of Baghdad on the Euphrates, in protest of the genocide of the Iraqi population by a famine forced on them by Daesh.
The military siege of the area, which has tightened in the past two months, is preventing food and medical supplies from reaching the city. Meanwhile the Islamic State (Daesh) is refusing to let the families leave the area.
“These women have gone after the militants controlling the city and have demanded an end to the famine which has forced as many as seven families to commit suicide,” a source on the ground, who preferred not to reveal his name, told Sputnik.
“The militants demanded the crowd to disperse, but the women kept where they were. Then the so-called 'Islamic police' of Daesh tried to scatter them with water,” he added.
This only inflamed the situation and inspired the women to grab stones from the ground and start showering the militants. Two of the jihadists were taken to a hospital in a critical condition after taking hits to the head.
“Right afterwards the militants started grabbing the demonstrators and taking them away somewhere,” added the source.
Some of the women managed to escape.
The city, which once had a population of more than 300,000, has been under siege by the Iraqi army since early 2014 when Daesh seized the city — making it the first Iraqi town to fall to the militants.
Iraqi forces have gradually sealed off Fallujah to isolate the militants.
Earlier reports suggested that the Iraqi armed forces together with the forces of Iraqi Popular Army had succeeded in opening a corridor for the civilians to flee the area.