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Wednesday, 20 May 2015 - 8:24
Ramadi battle: IS prepares to defend seized Iraqi city
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Islamic State militants are preparing to defend the Iraqi city of Ramadi, witnesses say, as Iranian-backed militiamen gather east of the city.

Residents said IS fighters had set up defensive positions and laid landmines after capturing the city on Sunday.

Residents were quoted as saying that Militants were also going door-to-door looking for government sympathisers and throwing bodies in the Euphrates river.

Thousands have fled the city and the UN has warned of a humanitarian crisis.

It says some 25,000 people have left the city, in recent days, adding to a flood of people already displaced from the area. Many were sleeping in the open.
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