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Iraq: 60,000 people registered as displaced

18 Nov 2016


Sixty thousand people are now displaced as fighting mounts in Mosul city. Humanitarian partners continue scaling up operations to reach people with desperately needed assistance

Military operations to retake Mosul from ISIL began one month ago. But during that time, the number of displaced people has reached 60,000 and will keep growing. Three quarters of displaced families are in camps east and south of Mosul (in Ninewa, Erbil and Anbar governorates), while others are living in host communities or public buildings.

Credit: UNHCR/ Ivor Prickett

Humanitarian organizations are now ensuring that camp capacity keeps pace with the new arrivals. Aid agencies have accommodated 45,000 people in camps and there is currently room for 47,000 more. Construction is accelerating at other sites to create capacity for an additional 453,000 people.

Given the urban-conflict setting, protection is the greatest concern, with particular fear for civilian casualties. Fleeing families are at risk of attack from armed groups, but they also face the danger of explosive remnants and improvised explosive devices. They face possible retaliation from ISIL and are at risk of being used as human shields.

In his last statement on the situation in Mosul, UN Humanitarian Chief Stephen O’Brien made a renewed call to all parties to the conflict “to uphold their obligations under international humanitarian law to protect civilians and ensure they have access to the assistance they are entitled to and deserve.”

Credits: OCHA/Themba Linden

As the fighting continues, the Government and humanitarian partners are looking into new ways to reach people with urgently needed assistance. Until now, emergency response missions close to the front lines have reached more than 69,000 people with food, water and basic hygiene items.

As of 17 November, US$183 million had been confirmed for the Mosul Flash Appeal, representing 65 per cent of the $284 million requested.

Humanitarian partners are also seeking funding for the 2016 Iraq Humanitarian Response Plan, which was launched in January. The plan requests $861 million to support 7.3 million vulnerable Iraqis across the country. To date, 69 per cent of this requirement has been received.