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ISIS Opens Fire on Civilians, Killing 30 in Fallujah: Iraqi Military

A source in Fallujah told NBC News that ISIS militants demanded women and children remain in Fallujah

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    Smoke billows from Fallujah's southern Shuhada neighbourhood following shelling during an operation by Iraqi government forces, backed by air support from the US-led coalition, to regain control of the area from the Islamic State group on June 10, 2016.

    ISIS militants killed at least 30 people, most of whom were women and children who were trying to flee the Iraqi city of Fallujah, NBC News reports. 

    Militants attacked those who were trying to flee the ISIS-held city, according to a military spokesman, who did not say how many people were injured in the attack. 

    A source in Fallujah told NBC News that ISIS militants — whose own families left the city — demanded that women and children remain in Fallujah. 

    "ISIS militants told men that if they want to leave the town, so they are free to do that, under one condition, not to take their families with them, and if they tried to do so they would kill them," the source said.

    Fallujah has been held by ISIS for more than two years. An estimated 30-40,000 civilians are believed to be trapped in the city.