Nearly three months after Fallujah’s complete liberation from ISIS control, families with happy faces have begun to return to their homes in the city, a local source in Fallujah said.
“So far, forty families were cleared to return after they passed background checks and their areas were deemed safe,” said Anbar Governor Suhaib al-Rawi.
“In total 236 families returned on Saturday to Fallujah and surrounding suburbs,” he added.
Fallujah lies 65 km west of Baghdad, had a pre-conflict population of more than 300,000 people.
The city was declared fully liberated in June earlier this year after a month-long operation by Iraqi forces aided by US-led airstrikes. Fallujah was the first Iraqi city to fall to ISIS in January 2014.
ISIS still controls Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city; Iraqi PM Abadi has vowed to take it back by the end of the year.