Many are sheltering with relatives and friends, as well as in schools, mosques and public shelters.
Hit had, until recently, been a safe haven for those who had fled earlier waves of violence in Ramadi, Fallujah and other parts of Anbar, providing shelter for some 100,000 displaced people.
"The exodus from Hit represents the fourth major wave of displacement in less than a year in Iraq, and for many of those caught up in it, it is the second, third or even fourth time that they have had to flee since January," UNHCR's chief spokesperson Melissa Fleming told journalists in Geneva. "Tens of thousands of desperate Iraqis are now caught in a rolling wave of multiple displacement amidst the conflict's shifting frontlines," she added.
UNHCR field staff met with some of the displaced while conducting a needs assessment in western
Another 27-year-old woman with two young children fled Hit after her husband was killed by shellfire. Though afraid to leave the house, she was even more afraid of
These families join
UNHCR is sending mattresses, jerry cans, blankets and other relief items to the displaced in Ramadi, Kerbala, Abu Ghraib and the west of
Meanwhile in northern
Some 5,400 Syrians from Kobane have now entered
Upon arrival in
Talks are under way with the authorities to expand the Darashakran camp in
The UN Refugee Agency/Geneva