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20 Mar 2017 description

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As the offensive to retake west Mosul enters the fourth week, MOMD reports that over 153,000 people have been displaced since 19 February 2017. In addition to displacement out of west Mosul, IDPs continue to flee east Mosul, Shirqat and Hawiga. Increasing reports of family separation, limited access to safety for out of camp displacement, increased incidents of collective punishment in Tikrit and movement restrictions were identified as the main protection concerns this week.

Displacement trends

20 Mar 2017 description

KEY FIGURES

260,616 Iraqis currently internally displaced from Mosul and surrounding areas since military operations to retake the city began on 17 October 2016

33,309 core relief item (CRIs) kits distributed to families in camps, assisting nearly 200,000 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

20 Mar 2017 description

19 March 2017, Erbil, Iraq – The World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) are scaling up disease surveillance activities in newly accessible areas of Ninewa governorate, Iraq, to reduce the risk of disease outbreaks. As a result of acute shortages of safe water, sanitation services, food, and electricity in East Mosul and Hamdaniya districts, current humanitarian conditions pose a high risk of communicable diseases among displaced persons, returnees, and host communities.

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Najaf, Iraq - They converged from four mid-Euphrates governorates to the holy city of Najaf, each loaded with sometimes wildly differing views on how to fix the ills of Iraq. They debated and argued, but there was no doubt the participants in the “Iraq: Youth and Coexistence” forum in Najaf on 18 March 2017 were unison in their quest to influence their country’s future in the period after the defeat of the terrorist Daesh.

20 Mar 2017 description

Iraqis fleeing Mosul arriving at camps to find there is no room, forced to get back onto buses or hire taxis to reach other areas

By John Davison and Patrick Markey

MOSUL, Iraq, March 20 (Reuters) - Mohammed Ali and his family, carrying all their worldly possessions in a few bags, had been on the road for 18 hours since fleeing their home in an Islamic State-held area of Mosul.

They hoped to find shelter at a camp. So far, they have had no luck.

20 Mar 2017 description

The Iraqi Red Crescent Society (IRCS) has distributed more than 20,000 food meals daily to the displaced families in the camps of displacement.

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Baghdad, 20 March 2017 – The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General (SRSG) for Iraq, Ján Kubiš, extends his greetings and best wishes to the Iraqi people in general and to those who are observing Nowruz in particular on this special occasion.

20 Mar 2017 description

1.1 Executive Summary

The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) undertook a rapid needs assessment in Nargazliya camp between the 1-2nd March 2017. The needs assessment was carried out using mobile data collection tools and the Kobo Toolbox software. Three members of the NRC carried out the survey using a random sample of 110 families. This gave a confidence level of 95% and a confidence interval of 10.

20 Mar 2017 description
report Voice of America

March 20, 2017 0:27 AM
Zlatica Hoke

WASHINGTON — The Iraqi army, backed by helicopters, advanced on western Mosul and pushed into the area around the al-Nuri mosque on Sunday.

Taking the mosque where Islamic State leader gave a much publicized sermon in July of 2014 is a symbolic victory for the government. But retaking the Old City of Mosul is riddled with challenges.

Iraqi troops have to use extra caution to spare civilians and ancient structures as they fight Islamic State in the Old City of Mosul.

19 Mar 2017 description

by Lucy Fiske

Western nations are in retreat from their traditional willingness to take in refugees. The United States’ recent halving of its annual intake comes as Europe has spent billions of euros attempting to keep refugees from its jurisdiction, even briefly abandoning search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean. Australia, meanwhile, has used a system of “offshore processing” (indefinite incarceration on islands outside its jurisdiction and judicial and media oversight) to effectively prevent unauthorized arrivals by sea since 2013.

19 Mar 2017 description
report iMMAP

March 12, 2017

  • Iraqi Military Forces liberated Al-Arbi'a Market, Al-Ramah square near Bab Al-Tub neighborhood and Abu Alisi roundabout in New Mosul neighborhood on the western side of Mosul city, while other Iraqi Military and Popular Mobilization Forces troops managed to liberate Al-Sabih village in north of Badush subdistrict and Darnachugh village east of Badush subdistrict northwest Mosul city.

19 Mar 2017 description
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(Baghdad, 19 March 2017): “The humanitarian operation in western Mosul is far larger and far more complex than in the east” said Lise Grande, the Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq. “The main difference is that tens of thousands of families stayed in their homes in the east---in the west, tens of thousands are fleeing.”

19 Mar 2017 description

The Iraqi Red Crescent Society (IRCS) has announced the increasing numbers of displaced to more than 100,000 people since the beginning of the right side operations of Mosul city till now.

The IRCS has reported in a statement: “The IRCS teams have recorded so far the displacement of more than 100,000 people since the beginning of the right side operations of Mosul, also the IRCS teams are making extraordinary efforts to help the displaced”.

19 Mar 2017 description
report UN Population Fund
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Baghdad, Iraq, 19 March 2017 – One month into the Military operations to retake the West side of Mosul city, the humanitarian needs of thousands of the families still residing inside the different neighbourhoods and districts remain a major concern. To meet the lifesaving needs of primary healthcare for women and girls, UNFPA deployed the first mobile delivery unit inside West Mosul.

19 Mar 2017 description
report Kuwait News Agency

IRBIL, March 18 (KUNA) ­­ Kuwait Red Crescent Society (KRCS) has delivered food and medical aid to internally displaced persons (IDPs) who have fled violence in Mosul and are now staying at Irbil's southwestern Jamkur refugee camp.