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13,000 families flee Fallujah amid Iraq standoff

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More than 13,000 families have fled Fallujah, NGOs said Wednesday, warning of a dire humanitarian situation in Iraq, as masked gunmen held the city, locked in a days-long standoff with the army. 

Sunni Muslim Iraqis who fled Fallujah carry blankets and mattresses distributed by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) on January 6, 2014 in Ayn al-Tamer, Karbala province

And though traffic police returned to its streets, some shops reopened and more cars could be seen, Fallujah was still rocked by clashes and shelling, after an Al-Qaeda-linked group urged Sunnis to keep fighting the Shiite-led government.

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