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17 Feb 2017 description

Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides praises Iraqi authorities and military forces, and renews calls for humanitarian access to all active conflict areas in Iraq.

17 Feb 2017 description
report REACH Initiative

INTRODUCTION

This is the second REACH situation overview on the Mosul Crisis since operations to reclaim the city and surrounding areas started on 17 October in 2016. In order to highlight most recent trends in displacement this situation overview will focus on displacement trends following the renewed offensive from 29 December until mid-January, and the subsequent increase of returnees to East Mosul until 13 February 2017.

17 Feb 2017 description

Trends of Sea Arrivals

Between 06 and 12 February, 207 refugees and migrants arrived to Greece by sea – a decrease from the 460 who arrived the previous week. The number of sea arrivals fluctuated between 0 arrivals (09-12 February) and 57 (07 February). Kastelorizo recorded the majority of estimated sea arrivals (85), followed by Lesvos (54). Comparing with the previous week the average number of daily arrivals decreased from 66 to 30.

17 Feb 2017 description

Switzerland - IOM reports that 12,381 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2017 through 15 February – just under 9,500 to Italy, just under 2,000 to Greece, and 1,000 to Spain. This compares with 84,645 arrivals during the first seven weeks of 2016 – 90 percent of whom arrived in Greece.

17 Feb 2017 description

Iraq - As military operations to retake Mosul intensify, concerns mount that these operations may displace additional tens of thousands of civilians – beyond the 160,000-plus individuals currently categorized as “displaced” in the Mosul region after four months of combat.

Nonetheless, IOM’s Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) has identified a recent spike of internally displaced persons (IDPs) returning to their location of origin across the country – including in the Mosul area – despite simultaneous displacement movements.

16 Feb 2017 description

"They sleep hungry for nights here. It is cold, they have nothing, no money and they feel they have to do it"

By Lin Taylor and Valeria Cardi

BELGRADE, Feb 16 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Wrapped up in grey blankets, migrant boys, some as young as 10, warm themselves by a fire in a large, abandoned warehouse near the main railway station in Serbia's capital Belgrade.

Hungry, destitute and cold, they are often visited by Serbian men who offer to pay them for sex - knowing some are so desperate that they will do anything to survive.

16 Feb 2017 description

This report was written by ACTED’s AME Unit to provide a snapshot of humanitarian needs and conditions in neighborhoods around Mosul. Data was collected via Key Informant and Observational tools on Feb 6th.

Highlights

  • Livelihoods and job opportunities are identified as the top priority need for this neighborhood.

  • Access to clean drinking water is a priority need. Al-Karamah residents are currently drinking water from unprotected boreholes.

16 Feb 2017 description

Baghdad, 16 February 2017 – The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq (SRSG), Ján Kubiš, strongly condemned the car bomb attack that took place today at the Bayaa district of Baghdad.

“Yet again, the terrorists are continuing with their carnage against innocent civilians. This is totally unacceptable,” Mr. Kubiš said.

16 Feb 2017 description

This report was written by ACTED’s AME Unit to provide a snapshot of humanitarian needs and conditions in neighborhoods around Mosul. Data was collected via Key Informant and Observational tools on Feb 8th.

Highlights

  • Access to clean drinking water is the top priority need. Al-Tahrir residents are currently drinking water from unprotected boreholes or relying on water trucking.

  • Livelihoods, Cash and job opportunities are identified as a top priority need for this neighborhood.

16 Feb 2017 description

Total arrivals in Greece (Jan - Feb 2017): 1,936

Total arrivals in Greece during Feb 2017: 543

Average daily arrivals during Feb 2017: 36

Average daily arrivals during Jan 2017: 45

Daily estimated departures from islands to Mainland: 45

Estimated departures from islands to Mainland during Feb 2017: 863

16 Feb 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS AND STATISTICS

  • The overall number of refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants counted in Serbia stood around 7,850. 6,565 (84%) of them were sheltered in 17 winterised government facilities. The rest were sleeping rough in Belgrade city centre or the North.

16 Feb 2017 description

KEY FIGURES

160,302
persons currently internally displaced from Mosul and surrounding areas since military operations to retake the city resumed on 17 October 2016

20,755
UNHCR kits of core relief items (CRIs) distributed to families in camps, assisting some 124,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) from Mosul and surrounding areas

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Baghdad, 16 February 2017 - The United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS), the Government of Japan and the Ministry of Interior in Iraq held a certification ceremony for fifteen Iraqi police officers who have successfully completed the Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) Defeat Course (basic). This project is funded by a generous contribution from the Government of Japan and directly supports the development of national capacity to respond to explosive threats in recently retaken areas.

16 Feb 2017 description
report Human Rights Watch

No Apparent Military Necessity for Home Demolitions

(Erbil) – Armed forces fighting Islamic State (also known as ISIS) to retake a town and four villages near Mosul looted, damaged, and destroyed homes, Human Rights Watch said today. There was no apparent military necessity for the demolitions, which may amount to war crimes and which took place between November 2016 and February 2017.

16 Feb 2017 description

Erbil, 15 February 2017 – After over two years of suspended routine immunization activities in Mosul and the surrounding districts, the World Health Organization in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and UNICEF have trained 30 vaccinators from the recently taken areas in east Mosul and Salahuddin to help revitalize routine immunization services.

The 3-day training that targeted grass root level health workers is funded by the Government of Japan. The funds will also be used to improve health services for highly vulnerable populations.

16 Feb 2017 description

Erbil 15 February 2017 - The World Health Organization (WHO) has responded to an acute shortage of medical supplies in the newly retaken areas of Mosul by delivering medicines and other medical supplies to 16 primary health centers, one hospital and the Directorate of Health (DOH) in Ninewa. The donation will support treatment of patients with infectious diseases, chronic conditions, diarrheal diseases and trauma cases who have been deprived of medical care.

16 Feb 2017 description

Key Figures

131,440
Total Number of Persons of Concern

30,642
Total Number of Iraqi Refugees

100,798
Total Number of Iraqi Asylum-Seekers

2,945
Iraqis Registered in January