Iraqis displaced from western city of Ramadi begin to return home

by Reuters
Sunday, 3 April 2016 11:25 GMT

Graffiti warning on a house saying that the house is mined is seen in the city of Ramadi, January 16, 2016. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani

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About 3,000 families have returned since Saturday to the city recaptured from ISIS militants

By Maher Chmaytelli

BAGHDAD, April 3 (Reuters) - The displaced population of Ramadi has started to return to the western Iraqi city that was recaptured from Islamic State 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 told Reuters.

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 kilometres (62 miles) west of Baghdad, is the first major success for Iraq's army since it collapsed in the face of Islamic State's 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.

(Reporting by Maher Chmaytelli; editing by Jason Neely)

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