BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq’s Health Ministry says two people have been killed in an explosion in a city to which displaced families are being encouraged to return.
The ministry said 25 others were wounded in the blast in Al-Qaim, Friday. It did not give further details.
Al-Qaim, a city along the border with Syria in Iraq’s western Anbar province, was one of the last cities liberated from Islamic State militants in 2017.
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The Iraqi army is closing camps for people displaced by war in Anbar and pressuring families to return to their communities before basic services have been restored, according to a recent Associated Press report.
Nearly 40,000 Iraqis have returned to their communities in Al-Qaim and the surrounding district, according to data from the U.N.
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