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21 Oct 2016 description

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Adrian Edwards – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today's press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

By: Adrian Edwards

In Iraq, and with the military offensive on Mosul still unfolding, UNHCR is so far seeing modest levels of displacement. Our focus remains on the intensive and continuing push for more protection and shelter support.

21 Oct 2016 description

​The ECDC Communicable Disease Threats Report (CDTR) is a weekly bulletin for epidemiologists and health professionals on active public health threats. This issue covers the period 16-22 October 2016 and includes updates on Zika virus, Salmonella and extremely drug-resistant TB.

21 Oct 2016 description
report A World at School

A battle is raging to liberate the Iraqi city of Mosul. In the midst of the unfolding action are more than 500,000 children and their families.

As the fighting continued yesterday between Islamic State (ISIL) militants and a coalition of forces, world leaders met in Paris to discuss what happens in the aftermath.

The children's charity Theirworld sent a message to them that when the city is retaken, getting children back into education is vital for Mosul to emerge from two years of terrorist control.

21 Oct 2016 description

GENEVA (21 October 2016) – UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein called for the protection of civilians to be at the forefront of military planning as the Iraqi Government and associated forces attempt to re-take Mosul, amid reports that fighters from the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, ISIL, are using civilians as human shields.

21 Oct 2016 description

Iraq - An IOM Iraq team has visited the recently retaken area of Qayara to hand over the Qayara Airstrip emergency site to contractors, and to distribute 350 winter non-food item (NFI) kits to people from al-Hud, an area recently retaken from ISIL.

IOM’s Displacement Tracking Matrix “Emergency Tracking” has so far identified 690 families (4,140 individuals) who have been displaced from Mosul district; many of these families have moved to Qayara and are in need of life-saving assistance.

21 Oct 2016 description
report Caritas

Caritas is preparing for a wave of people fleeing the Iraqi city of Mosul as Iraqi, Kurdish and coalition forces battle to retake it from Islamic State (ISIS). Between 1.2 to 1.5 million people could be affected and 200,000 could flee in the first few weeks. While the weather is around 20° at night, the temperatures will decrease in the coming months. “They will need shelter, food, healthcare, clean water and sanitation and other aid like blankets and cooking equipment,” said Nabil Nissan, director of Caritas Iraq.

21 Oct 2016 description

“Our staff are working round the clock to prepare for a mass exodus of families fleeing Mosul”, says NRC's Country Director in Iraq, Wolfgang Gressmann.

With the assault just launched by Iraqi forces to retake the city of Mosul, the Norwegian Refugee Council warns that the fate of some 1.2 million Iraqis is now in grave danger.

21 Oct 2016 description
report European Union


The number of migrants crossing the Central Mediterranean fell to nearly 12 700 in September, down 40% from the previous month due to poor weather conditions, although the trend in the first nine months of this year remained roughly in line with 2015. Most of them were rescued off the Libyan coast. The total number of migrants who headed to Italy via the Central Mediterranean route stood at 127 600 in the January-September period of this year.

21 Oct 2016 description

WfWI’s partner, Free Yezidi Foundation (FYF), based at the Khanke IDP camp in the Duhok Province in Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI), caters to the needs of 640 Yezidi women, most of whom are former ISIS hostages.

21 Oct 2016 description

318,816 arrivals by sea in 2016
3.649 dead/missing
published 09:00 CET 18 October
1,011,712 arrivals in 2015

21 Oct 2016 description
report Human Rights Watch

Access to health care, family, work unlawfully restricted

(Beirut, October 21, 2016) – Iraqi and Kurdistan Regional Government security authorities are unlawfully restricting the freedom of movement of displaced people in camps near Kirkuk, Human Rights Watch said today. Despite the lack of hostilities in the area, people are not allowed to leave the camps freely.

20 Oct 2016 description


● 5,640 people have been displaced in the first three days following the commencement of operations to retake Mosul from ISIL. The number of vulnerable people moving to areas of safety is expected to rise as hostilities intensify closer to urban areas.

20 Oct 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund

ERBIL, 20 October, 2016 – UNICEF this week managed to reach Al Houd, a town just south of Mosul that was retaken by Iraqi security forces just two days prior, and deliver clean water to some of the thousands of families that have been caught up in this conflict.

20 Oct 2016 description


  • 5,640 IDPs from Mosul district and surrounding areas since the beginning of the offensive on 17 October
  • 171,098 IDPs from Erbil, Ninewa, Salah al- Din and Kirkuk Governorates due to hostilities since April 2016
  • 3.3 million IDPs 3 since January 2014
  • 240,917 Iraqi refugees4 hosted by neighbouring countries in the region, with 912 Iraqis to Syria 5 since 17 October


20 Oct 2016 description


20 Oct 2016 description

France and Iraq co-chaired a ministerial meeting for the stabilization of Mosul in Paris, on 20 October 2016, bringing together Bahrain, Canada, China, Egypt, Germany, Iran, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kuwait, the Netherlands, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Spain, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and the United States, as well as the United Nations, the European Union and the League of Arab States.

20 Oct 2016 description

The Refugee Outreach Volunteer programme, initiated in April 2016, complements and extends existing UNHCR coverage to refugees in 44 provinces through its presence and its implementing partners (68 community centres/partner offices/outreach teams).