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Concerns Over Civilian Suffering as Iraqi Forces Surround Fallujah

"They are brainwashed by now… They should be placed in a special camp"

Voice of America reporting: A disturbing report from UNHCR revealed stories of horrific civilian suffering.

"We have dramatic report of increase in the number of executions of men and older boys unwilling to fight on behalf of ISIL," UNHCR spokeswoman Melissa Fleming said.

"Other reports say that a number of people attempting to depart have been executed or whipped. In addition, many people have reported to have been killed or buried under the rubble of their homes in the course of ongoing military operations."

One displaced man who gave his name as Alahin told UNHCR of the horrors of the last few months.

"Families started to suffer when (IS) closed the exit routes from the city. Families started suffering from psychological problems and some of them committed suicide. Some of them set fire to themselves and some of them drowned their children," he said. "As God is my witness, everything I say is true."

Humanitarian agencies have repeatedly called for civilians to be allowed to leave the city, but with ISIS checkpoints all around the area the chances of success are either slim or nil.

But even those who have managed to slip through are not getting their peace, with whole families being separated and the majority of men and young adults being processed in special screening camps. The distrust and suspicion of those who have been under ISIS control for years are real in Baghdad.

"They are brainwashed by now," said one Iraqi federal police officer who would only give his initials as H.K. as he was not allowed to speak to the press. "They should be placed in a special camp."

By Stefan Paraber for GIA

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