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25 Feb 2017 description


161,730 persons currently internally displaced from Mosul and surrounding areas since military operations to retake the city resumed on 17 October 2016 (1)

21,285 UNHCR kits of core relief items (CRIs) distributed to families in camps, assisting some 126,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) from Mosul and surrounding areas

5,481 family plots are currently occupied out of 12,497 family plots (for some 66,000 people) in UNHCR built camps that are ready to receive IDPs displaced from Mosul corridor.

25 Feb 2017 description

About 1,000 civilians left southwestern parts of Mosul on Saturday - the largest exodus since fighting began a week ago

  • Troops entering more built-up areas near airport

  • Islamic State resisting with bombs, snipers

  • Losing Mosul would be hammer blow to IS caliphate

By Isabel Coles

25 Feb 2017 description

13,924 arrivals by sea in 2017

366 dead/missing

published 09:00 CET 24 February

363,401 arrivals in 2016

24 Feb 2017 description


Ensuring the most vulnerable people are included in the humanitarian response Handicap International's emergency response mission in the Middle East is redoubling its efforts to help thousands of people affected by the fighting in Syria and in Iraq.

24 Feb 2017 description

The ICRC said the most dangerous phase of the battle was about to begin for the 750,000 civilians believed to be trapped inside Mosul

  • Troops clash with Islamic State in three western districts

  • Fighting about to enter heavily populated areas

  • Iraqi jets strike IS car bomb factory inside Syria (Adds advances, Syria strikes, detail, colour)

By Stephen Kalin and Isabel Coles

24 Feb 2017 description

After decades of conflict, Iraq is now one of the most contaminated countries in the world. Since early January, Handicap International's weapons clearance teams have identified, collected, and destroyed more than 1,000 explosives in the governorates of Kirkuk and Diyala, areas severely affected by the war.

“We have trained several specialized teams–each containing about thirty people–to destroy explosive remnants of war in two areas of Iraq,” explains Alberto Casero Gómez-Pastrana, Handicap International’s chief of operations for mine action in Iraq.

24 Feb 2017 description


76 million
people in need of aid as a result of emergencies – almost 60% of all people-in-need globally

30 million
people displaced (internally and in neighboring countries) as a result of conflict and natural disasters

7 graded emergencies
directly and indirectly affecting a total of 14 countries

Protracted emergencies
in Somalia and Sudan

H5N1, MERS CoV, Polio
health security threats currently in the Region

24 Feb 2017 description

Iraq - When they return to their home communities, Iraqis displaced by the current crisis face a host of challenges, including the destruction of infrastructure, housing and property. Access to basic services, availability of drinking water, food, health care, shelter and livelihood opportunities are all ongoing sources of concern.

During community assessments in areas retaken from ISIL, IOM staff have met many returned Iraqis whose homes are damaged. They are often staying with their relatives or neighbours, and some are living in tents next to their homes.

24 Feb 2017 description

The Iraqi Red Crescent Society (IRCS) has announced the increasing in the number of displaced people from the west coast of Mosul city to 990 citizen, they have been sheltered in Qayarah and Erbil camps, after the security forces have provided safe access for the displaced.

The IRCS has reported “ The IRCS teams in Erbil and Salahuldin centers have received during the past two days 990 displaced from different areas of the west coast of Mosul city since the beginning of the operations till now ”.

24 Feb 2017 description

The Government of Japan has allocated USD 34.3 million to support IOM’s operations to assist vulnerable migrants including displaced persons, refugees, returnees and affected communities around the world in 2017.

The funding will also contribute to increasing the capacity of various governments in humanitarian border management to cope with displacement resulting from conflicts and to enhance security.