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UN says number of people displaced by IS fighting, violence in Iraq is now more than 3 million

  • FILE - In this Wednesday, May 20, 2015 file photo, displaced Iraqis from Ramadi, Iraq, cross the Bzebiz bridge, fleeing fighting in Ramadi, 65 kilometers (40 miles), west of Baghdad. The number of people displaced within Iraq due to violence and fighting by the Islamic State group has exceeded 3 million, the United Nations said Tuesday, June 23, a grim milestone for the war-battered country.  (AP Photo/Karim Kadim, File)

    FILE - In this Wednesday, May 20, 2015 file photo, displaced Iraqis from Ramadi, Iraq, cross the Bzebiz bridge, fleeing fighting in Ramadi, 65 kilometers (40 miles), west of Baghdad. The number of people displaced within Iraq due to violence and fighting by the Islamic State group has exceeded 3 million, the United Nations said Tuesday, June 23, a grim milestone for the war-battered country. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Wednesday, May 20, 2015 file photo, Iraqis from Ramadi, Iraq, cross the Bzebiz bridge, fleeing fighting in Ramadi, 65 kilometers (40 miles), west of Baghdad. The number of people displaced within Iraq due to violence and fighting by the Islamic State group has exceeded 3 million, the United Nations said Tuesday, June 23, a grim milestone for the war-battered country. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim, File)

    FILE - In this Wednesday, May 20, 2015 file photo, Iraqis from Ramadi, Iraq, cross the Bzebiz bridge, fleeing fighting in Ramadi, 65 kilometers (40 miles), west of Baghdad. The number of people displaced within Iraq due to violence and fighting by the Islamic State group has exceeded 3 million, the United Nations said Tuesday, June 23, a grim milestone for the war-battered country. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Friday, May 22, 2015 file photo, displaced civilians from Ramadi and around the central Iraqi area live in a camp in the town of Amiriyat al-Fallujah, west of Ramadi, 65 kilometers (40 miles), west of Baghdad. The number of people displaced within Iraq due to violence and fighting by the Islamic State group has exceeded 3 million, the United Nations said Tuesday, June 23, a grim milestone for the war-battered country. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)

    FILE - In this Friday, May 22, 2015 file photo, displaced civilians from Ramadi and around the central Iraqi area live in a camp in the town of Amiriyat al-Fallujah, west of Ramadi, 65 kilometers (40 miles), west of Baghdad. The number of people displaced within Iraq due to violence and fighting by the Islamic State group has exceeded 3 million, the United Nations said Tuesday, June 23, a grim milestone for the war-battered country. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)  (The Associated Press)

The United Nations says the number of displaced within Iraq due to Islamic State group violence and fighting has exceeded 3 million — a grim milestone for the war-battered country.

Tuesday's statement by the International Organization for Migration, or IOM, says at least 3.09 million people have been displaced between January 2014 and June 4 within 18 Iraqi provinces.

It says the majority of the displaced are from Anbar province. More than 276,000 people were displaced over a two-month period between April and June alone amid fighting in Anbar's provincial capital, Ramadi, which eventually saw the city slip out of Iraqi government's control.

IOM also says that over 2 million displaced are housed in private homes while more than 638,000 people have been accommodated in shelters.