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The main Iraqi Shia opposition group, appealing for urgent UN help, said hundreds of people were fleeing Iraq's southern marshes to escape attacks by Iraqi forces, Reuter reports from Dubai.

The Supreme Council of the Islamic Revolution in Iraq asked the UN Secretary-General 'to ask the Iraqi regime to stop draining the marshes and the shelling, get the UN humanitarian organisations to urgently help the fleeing refugees'.