Baghdad, May 30: The Iraqi army has started its operation to storm Falluja held by the Islamic State (ISIS) since 2014, media reported.
The development has come week after government enhanced its effort to bring back the city from the clutches of the terrorist group.
Around 50,000 people stuck in the city are starving to death there, and of being killed for refusing to fight for ISIS, reported the BBC.
The ISIS forces are reportedly carrying suicide attacks and car bombings to fight back the state forces including members of an elite counter-terrorism unit are moving into the city on several fronts, an official statement said.
Along with Mosul, it is one of two major cities held by IS in Iraq.
The group has been facing financial crisis after US led coalition forces carried air strikes that led to territorial defats.
ISIS known for attrocities has captured thousands of women and girls, as "brides for jihadis" from Iraq and Syria reportedly in in Bardoush prison in central Mosul.