ERBIL — More than 100,000 civilians have been displaced from Islamic State (IS)-held city of Hawija between August 2016 and September 2017, said the Iraqi Observatory for Human Rights.
The majority of the internally displaced persons (IDP) have entered the areas under the control of the Kurdish Peshmerga forces through Maktab Khalid and Tel al-Ward front lines.
According to the monitoring group, the IDPs fled their homes due to the IS atrocities and continuous airstrikes which target the headquarters belonging to the jihadists group.
IS usually uses civilian properties in civilian populated areas, which threatens to draw bombardments and air raids.
Hawija, located some 55 kilometers to the southwest of Kirkuk, has been under the control of IS since mid-2014.
The Iraqi army, after liberating Tel Afar from IS, is now preparing to move onto Hawija and dislodge the militants from their last pocket in the country.