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Iraqi civilians flee Mosul

Updated 11:57 AM ET, Thu June 12, 2014
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Iraqi civilians from Mosul escape to a refugee camp near Erbil, Iraq, on Thursday, June 12. More than 500,000 people fled in fear after extremist militants overran Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city, on June 10, the International Organization for Migration said. Onur Coban/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images
Iraqi refugees pass an area in Erbil on June 12. Associated Press
Young refugees sleep in a tent at a temporary camp in Aski Kalak, Iraq, on June 12. SAFIN HAMED/AFP/Getty Images
A girl from Mosul stands outside her family's tent at a refugee camp near Erbil on Wednesday, June 11. ap
Families gather at a checkpoint in Iraq's Kurdish region on June 11. SAFIN HAMED/AFP/Getty Images
A man in a wheelchair is among those fleeing the violence on June 11. SAFIN HAMED/AFP/Getty Images
A security guard is seen at a Kurdish checkpoint on June 11. SAFIN HAMED/AFP/Getty Images
Construction begins on refugee camps in Erbil on June 11. Emrah Yorulmaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images
Vehicles clog a highway as refugees flee Mosul on Tuesday, June 10. Jawdat/Barcroft Media /Landov
Refugees are seen in Erbil on June 10. ap
People believed to be refugees flee Mosul on June 10. SAFIN HAMED/AFP/Getty Images
Iraqi families are given water as they gather at a Kurdish checkpoint on June 10. SAFIN HAMED/AFP/Getty Images
The rush from Mosul led to bottlenecks at checkpoints as people tried to reach safety in Erbil, about 90 kilometers (56 miles) to the east. Jawdat/Barcroft Media /Landov
Many people are fleeing on foot. Mosul's four main hospitals are inaccessible because of fighting, and some mosques have been converted to act as clinics, the International Organization for Migration said. Emrah Yorulmaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images
Iraqi police stand guard at a checkpoint in Baghdad. AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images