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26 May 2015 description

Situation

  1. On 23 May, it was reported that Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) had taken control of the town of Husayba Al-Sharqiyah, east of Ramadi in Anbar Governorate, and was moving on the town of Khaldiyah. Internally displaced persons (IDPs) reportedly started to leave ahead of the ISIL advance. On 24 May, ISIL reportedly launched mortars into the Habbaniya airbase. On 25 May, it was reported that forces loyal to the Iraqi Government retook Husayba Al-Sharqiyah.
26 May 2015 description

iMMAP organization conducted a three days workshop for Iraq Directorate of Mine Action (DMA) staff in Erbil office on standardizing output reports to meet what is required from the Iraqi government regarding International agreements for Mine Action Program.

26 May 2015 description

In August 2014 the United Nations declared the humanitarian crisis in Iraq to be a level 3 (L3) Emergency. An Operational Peer Review (OPR) is being conducted to evaluate the L3 response and identify areas for improvement. The OPR is an inter-agency, collaborative process and focusses on the following areas: (i) leadership arrangements; (ii) coordination mechanisms; (iii) application of the humanitarian program cycle; (iv) accountability to affected people; (v) key obstacles affecting operational delivery; and (vi) improving the response to the needs of women and girls.

26 May 2015 description

The NGO Coordination Committee for Iraq (NCCI) conducts monthly coordination meetings in its offices in Baghdad and Erbil. At these meetings current issues related to the humanitarian field in Iraq are brought forward and attendants discuss and develop common action points.

26 May 2015 description

In June 2014 NCCI launched a weekly NGO mapping for NGOs working in Anbar and Ninewa. This map presented an overview of which NGOs worked in which district, and was later expanded to cover all governorates of Iraq. Starting from this week, the weekly NGO mapping has been replaced with a new, online and interactive NGO map, which can be found here.

25 May 2015 description

Sulaymaniyah, 25 May 2015 – The United Nations Human Settlement Programme (UN-Habitat), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) today officially handed over the Barznja durable shelter site for internally displaced persons (IDPs) to government officials in Sulaymaniyah as part of the first phase of the Durable Shelter Support for IDPs in Iraq project.

25 May 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • 100% (20,236 families) of the IDPs newly identified between 25 April to 7 May, 2015 originate from Anbar Governorate, out of which 52% are displaced within Baghdad and 35% within Anbar governorates.

25 May 2015 description
report UN Population Fund

Erbil, 24 May 2015 - Close to 55,000 people have fled Al-Ramadi, the provincial capital city of Anbar province of Iraq, following ISIL attacks and fierce fighting in the city. Most of the displaced persons are fleeing towards Baghdad,

With many trying to enter through security checkpoints. An estimated 4,000 families (24,000 individuals) arrived from Khaldiyah in Amiriyat al-Fallujah on 23 May and another 3,000-5,000 families are expected to arrive in the coming hours and days.

25 May 2015 description

The Iraqi Red Crescent Society (IRCS) continues its relief operations to support the displaced families from Anbar governorate to Ameriyah Al-Fallujah who are living in extremely difficult humanitarian conditions.

25 May 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

In this reporting period:

  • The security situation in the centre and west of Iraq continued to deteriorate.
    Conflict near Ramadi has displaced large numbers of IDPs from and within Anbar Governorate.

  • In response to the displacement from Ramadi, UNHCR conducted protection monitoring at checkpoints to identify the needs of those displaced in affected governorates.

24 May 2015 description
report Reuters - AlertNet

ROME, May 24 (Reuters) - Seventy Afghan and Iraqi migrants were rescued from a packed boat off the southeastern coast of Italy and brought to shore on Sunday, Italy's coast guard said.

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24 May 2015 description

Baghdad, Iraq | AFP | Sunday 5/24/2015 - 15:42 GMT |

The Islamic State group has executed 16 Iraqi traders taking food from the city of Baiji to the government-controlled western city of Haditha, officials said Sunday.

"Daesh executed 16 Haditha traders last night," the mayor of the city, Abdelhakim al-Jughaifi, told AFP by phone.

"The victims were transporting mostly food goods, such as vegetables, from Baiji to Haditha," he said.

Baiji, which lies on the Tigris about 200 kilometres (125 miles) north of Baghdad, is under IS control.

24 May 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • Since 14 May 2015, increasing violence in central Ramadi caused a new wave of displacement from the Anbar Governorate. Ramadi City has been reported as under control of armed opposition group Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) since 17 May 2015.

  • The IOM Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) reported over 133,000 newly displaced individuals (as of 8 May, 2015) spread across 15 governorates of Iraq.

  • The Governorates worst-affected by the Ramadi displacements are Anbar, Babylon, Baghdad and Sulaymaniyah.

24 May 2015 description

Highlights

  • Tens of thousands displaced across Anbar Governorate as ISIL takes over Ramadi City

  • Hundreds of displaced families stranded at Bzbiz Bridge, as well as other checkpoints, unable to reach safety

  • Food, WASH supplies and other essential relief items rapidly deployed to multiple sites hosting Ramadi IDPs

  • Kerbala evictions of over 1,100 IDP families halted after high-level support provided