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25 Mar 2017 description

by Reuters
Friday, 24 March 2017 10:00 GMT

East Mosul staggers back to life but the scars of IS rule remain * East Mosul staggers back to life

  • Men seek work, clear rubble

  • Scars of IS rule remain

  • Battle goes on across the river

By John Davison

MOSUL, Iraq, March 24 (Reuters) - Eastern Mosul is coming back to life. In the few weeks since Iraqi forces drove Islamic State from this side of the city, markets have opened and bulldozers have begun to clear the debris left by battle.

25 Mar 2017 description

by Adela Suliman | Thomson Reuters Foundation
Friday, 24 March 2017 07:00 GMT

Many women have lost male relatives to war and find themselves in the role of sole breadwinner. One in four Syrian refugee families is now headed by a woman.

By Adela Suliman

LONDON, March 24 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When Islamic State militants brutally invaded her hometown of Kobani in Syria, Shorash didn't initially see it as a career opportunity.

24 Mar 2017 description

Families streamed out of the Iraqi city in an ongoing exodus of people fleeing in their thousands each day, headed for cold, crowded camps or to stay with relatives

By Angus MacSwan and Patrick Markey

MOSUL/ERBIL, Iraq, March 24 (Reuters) - Iraqi forces are to deploy new tactics in a fresh push against Islamic State in Mosul, military officials said on Friday, after advances slowed in the campaign to drive the militants out of their last stronghold in the country.

24 Mar 2017 description

Military operations to fully retake Mosul are advancing further into the city’s densely-populated western neighborhoods, triggering a sharp increase in the rate of displacement towards emergency camps and sites primarily in southern and eastern Ninewa Governorate.

With new arrivals of civilians fleeing violence in Mosul, the Qayyarah Airstrip Emergency Site now hosts nearly 50,000 people in over 9,800 tents – making it one of the largest camps sheltering displaced Iraqis fleeing the months-long conflict.

24 Mar 2017 description

The United Nations is profoundly concerned by reports yesterday of a high number of civilian casualties in Al Aghawat Al Jadidah, a densely populated neighborhood in Mosul. Initial reports indicate hundreds of causalities.

“We are stunned by this terrible loss of life and wish to express our deepest condolences to the many families who have reportedly been impacted by this tragedy,” said Ms. Lise Grande, the Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq.

24 Mar 2017 description

25,170 arrivals by sea in 2017 559 dead/missing published 09:00 CET 24 March 363,401 arrivals in 2016

24 Mar 2017 description
report ShelterBox

ShelterBox’s Alice Jefferson has just returned from Iraq. Here in a screening and aid distribution centre south west of Mosul Airport, she met people who have just left behind one of the most intense battles on earth, still raging just a few miles away. They may have lost loved ones, their homes, their possessions. But they have escaped with their lives.

24 Mar 2017 description
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UNHCR warns Mosul situation deteriorating as fighting rages

By: Matthew Saltmarsh

GENEVA - The displacement crisis in Mosul is likely to become more acute in the near term, as fighting intensifies in the densely populated western parts of the city, according to Bruno Geddo, the Representative of UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, in Iraq.

23 Mar 2017 description

More than 100 people have been killed in western Mosul by a March 22 explosion in a residential section of the city, military officials and an activist group say.

Brigadier Muhammad al-Jabouri, an Iraqi commander, said on March 23 that 108 bodies had been recovered after the blast in the Mosul al-Jadida district -- a district where an intense urban battle is continuing between Iraqi government forces and the Islamic State (IS) militant group.

Jabouri said the explosion was caused by booby traps that were set by IS extremists.

23 Mar 2017 description

Men caught trying to leave by IS would be shot while women were sometimes tied up and left outside in the cold as a warning

By Emma Batha

LONDON, March 23 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Terrified Iraqi families fleeing fierce fighting in Mosul are drugging their children with sedatives or taping their mouths shut to prevent their cries alerting Islamic State militants as they try to escape, aid workers say.

23 Mar 2017 description

In Numbers

10 million people in need of humanitarian assistance (OCHA)

18 governorates affected

3.1 million people displaced (IOM)

938,000 people food insecure (WFP, CFSVA)

233,000 Syrian refugees in Iraq (UNHCR)

Highlights

  • Since 19 February, WFP has provided emergency assistance to over 360,000 people from western Mosul.

23 Mar 2017 description

After increasing Germany’s support for humanitarian assistance and stabilisation in Iraq and Syria by 235 million euros, Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel made the following comments in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung on the occasion of the meeting in Washington of the Global Coalition working to defeat ISIS:

IS is on the retreat everywhere. In Iraq alone, more than one and a half million people have been able to return to areas freed from the clutches of the terrorist militia.

23 Mar 2017 description

KEY FIGURES

273,720 Iraqis currently internally displaced from Mosul and surrounding areas since military operations to retake the city began on 17 October 20161

34,514 core relief item kits distributed to families in camps, assisting some 182,000 IDPs from Mosul and surrounding areas

7,990 family plots currently occupied out of 12,497 family plots (for some 75,000 people) in UNHCR built camps ready to receive IDPs displaced from the Mosul corridor

3 million IDPs since January 20142

23 Mar 2017 description

The Emergency Tracking (ET) system is a crisis-based tool that aims at tracking sudden displacement or return movements triggered by specific crises. The ET figures reported on this portal are not cumulative of the all persons affected by the Mosul crisis thus far, rather the ET update provides only a snapshot of the current displacement situation for the indicated date. The data and information reported on this page are related solely to the displacement caused by the Mosul operations which started on 17 October 2016.

23 Mar 2017 description

Highlights

  • 172,000 flee Mosul for displacement sites as fighting reaches the Old City.

  • Returning communities face risks from explosive hazards and social tensions.

  • Transitional assistance needed in areas of Iraq outside of emergencies.

  • Damage to homes and lack of livelihood opportunities the biggest barrier to returning communities.

Sharp uptick in displacement as hostilities resume in western Mosul