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Iraq official warns residents of Samarra being forced out

Displaced Iraqi families gather as they flee a military operation by Iraqi security personnel aimed at retaking areas from Daesh in Samarra on 3 March 2016 [Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images]

Residents of the Iraqi city of Samarra are being forced out of the area as a result of the “injustice, hunger and unemployment” they are experiencing there, an Iraqi official warned.

of the The situation in the Iraqi city of Samarra in the province of Salah al-Din could explode like the city of Mosul if the demands of the city’s residents are not met, an Iraqi official warned.

President of the Provincial Council of Saladin Governorate, in which Samarra is located, Ahmad Al-Karim said: “The city of Samarra could become a second Mosul as a result of the  injustice, hunger and unemployment inflicted on the city’s residents by the religious and security administrations.”

This, he added, as “prompted large numbers of them [residents] to leave in search of safer places where they can earn a living.”

Al-Karim called on the authorities in Najaf – led by Shia cleric Ali Al-Sistani – to stop what he called the “injustice brought on Samarra’s residents” and to correct the situation before it “explodes”.

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