More than 65,000 fled Iraqi fighting in past week, UNHCR says

GENEVA Fri Jan 24, 2014 5:31am EST

Families fleeing the violence in the Iraqi cities of Falluja and Ramadi walk at a checkpoint in Ein Tamarm, a town some 40 km (25 miles) west of Kerbala, January 20, 2014. REUTERS/Mushtaq Muhammed

Families fleeing the violence in the Iraqi cities of Falluja and Ramadi walk at a checkpoint in Ein Tamarm, a town some 40 km (25 miles) west of Kerbala, January 20, 2014.

Credit: Reuters/Mushtaq Muhammed

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GENEVA (Reuters) - More than 65,000 people have fled fighting in the Iraqi cities of Falluja and Ramadi during the past week, the U.N. refugee agency UNHCR said on Friday.

More than 140,000 have been made homeless since fighting broke out at the end of last year, UNHCR spokesman Adrian Edwards told a regular U.N. briefing in Geneva.

(Reporting by Tom Miles; Editing by Mike Collett-White)

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