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- OCHA Iraq: Humanitarian Bulletin, January 2017 | Issued on 20 February
- OCHA Mosul Humanitarian Response Situation Report No. 21 (13 February - 19 February 2017)
- UNHCR Iraq Situation: Flash Update - 21 Feb 2017
Appeals & Funding
- 2017 Humanitarian Response Plan - Advance Executive Summary
- Iraq: Mosul Flash Appeal
- 3RP Regional Strategic Overview 2017-2018
- Regional Refugee & Resilience Plan (RRRP) 2016-2017: Iraq
- Humanitarian Action for Children 2017-2018: Syrian refugees and other affected populations in Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey
- Country-based Pooled Fund: 2016
As Iraqi forces push ahead with a new offensive to retake western Mosul, 350,000 children are trapped inside the city.
Families in Mosul face a brutal choice: attempt to flee, and risk being killed by ISIS fighters. Stay, and face bombs, crossfire and dire food shortages.
Escaping through minefields
Civilians fleeing the fighting in western Mosul may face difficulty reaching safety and are under increasing threat of being caught in the crossfire, the Danish Refugee Council warned on Wednesday, after Iraqi forces began operations to retake the rest of the city on 19 February.
Iraqi forces began operations to retake control of western Mosul this week, one month after an announcement that the city’s eastern neighborhoods were fully under government control. Forces are now pushing through less populated areas towards the heart of western Mosul.
The Logistics Cluster has been active in Iraq since 2014 to support the humanitarian community in responding to the country’s growing needs. Logistics constraints, mainly caused by limited access, an unstable security situation and damaged/destroyed infrastructure in affected areas remain a leading cause triggering the need for Cluster intervention.
BAGHDAD, 22 February 2017 – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has welcomed a contribution of US$7 million from the Government of Japan, which will be used to provide vital food assistance to thousands of Iraqi families affected by the ongoing crisis in Mosul as well as Syrian refugees living in camps in Iraq.
160,560 persons currently internally displaced from Mosul and surrounding areas since military operations to retake the city resumed on 17 October 2016 (1)
21,080 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
5,431 family plots are currently occupied out of 11,497 family plots (for some 66,000 people) in UNHCR built camps that are ready to receive IDPs displaced from Mosul corridor.
1.2 -1.5 MILLION PEOPLE AFFECTED
152,448 # DISPLACED FROM MOSUL
2.7 MILLION PEOPLE IN NEED OF HEALTH SERVICES
462,922 PEOPLE REACHED
3,972 # INJURED
The Iraqi Red Crescent Society (IRCS) has signed a contract with the Embassy of Japan in Iraq to provide a mobile medical unit to the displaced in Erbil camps.
The Ambassador of Japan in Iraq Mr. Fomio Iwai has praised the humanitarian efforts that the IRCS has provided, especially Mosul crisis and the IRCS respond to the needs of displaced, this came during a contract signing ceremony to allocate a financial grant from the Government of Japan to provide a mobile medical unit for the displaced people in Erbil camps .
Humanitarian partners have mobilised to respond to humanitarian needs resulting from new military operations in western Mosul city launched by Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) on 19 February. The initial humanitarian impact of these advances during the first few days of the offensive was not high, as security forces moved through sparsely populated hinterland areas where most civilians had already fled and due to the Iraqi Security Force’s (ISF) continued adherence to the humanitarian concept of operations.
HIGHLIGHTS: To date 217,764 women, girls, boys and men have been displaced as a result of the military offensives to retake Mosul district. Of this total, 57,462 have since returned, reportedly to their areas of origin in liberated areas of east Mosul city and other liberated districts in Ninewa. This leaves around 160,300 persons currently displaced due to the fighting around Mosul since 17 October 2016.
In Mosul, levels of poor and borderline food consumption are higher in areas that were liberated in January than in those liberated previously. As has been the trend, newly liberated areas record a price hike which subsides once the traders establish their orders and deliveries start arriving.
Over 28 percent of IDP households are using food-related negative coping strategies, but residents are resorting more frequently to negative coping than IDPs.
This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today's press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.
With the new military operations under way in Mosul, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is focusing efforts on camp construction to shelter many of those who could be displaced by the renewed fighting.
During January 2017, the Iraq Internally Displaced Persons Information Centre (Iraq IIC) handled 5,787 calls. Top three caller locations in January were Ninewa (21%), Erbil (18%) and Dahuk (13%).
February 12, 2017
• Iraqi Air Forces launched airstrikes on the areas in west of Telafar district of Ninewa.
• Armed clashes happened between Hizbullah Brigade and ISIS at Ain Al-Hisan and Upper and Lower Shari’a villages in west of Ninewa which resulted in many casualties from ISIS armed groups.
• ISIS executed 20 civilians who attempted to escape to the eastern side of Mosul city.
• Iraqi Security Forces launched shells on Lazaka village in south of Mosul city and Peshmerge Forces bombed Qasb valley in Sinjar district.
Press release 36/2017
20 February 2017
By decision of Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Kai Mykkänen, Finland will grant EUR 500,000 to the Finnish Red Cross for humanitarian aid activities in Iraq.
• 750,000 people trapped in west Mosul in deteriorating conditions.
• Tens of thousands return home to east Mosul.
• 23,000 children resume education in east Mosul.
• Explosive hazards continue to pose risks in returnee communities.
# of people in need 11m
# of people targeted for assistance 6.2m
# of internally displaced persons (IDPs) 3m
# of IDPs who live outside camps 2.5m
# of affected ppl within host communities 3.2m # of returnees 1.5m
Over 163,000 people were displaced from Mosul by end of January. After military forces gradually took control of the eastern part of the city, commercial goods started to reach markets.
The cost of the food basket decreased by 2% at national level.
The purchas ing power of population living in hard-toreach areas is still 18% lower than in the rest of the country.
A more detailed analysis of Mosul is presented in WFP Flash Update #3.
Food prices in Mosul are significantly higher than in the rest of Ninewa governorate, especially in Mosul’s unliberated areas.
Food shortages are widely reported in western Mosul — in particular, vegetables, pulses, meat and milk.
Households’ access to food is constrained, as there is not enough food on the local market to meet the demand.
The scarcity of available food has led to high prices of food commodities making them unaffordable for most households, who do not have access to income sources.
February 20th, 2017 ― Doha:As part of its large-scale relief intervention funded by Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD), Qatar Red Crescent (QRCS) has initiated a program to support health centers in western Mosul, Iraq, with medications, medical supplies, and furniture.
Conducted in cooperation with the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the program is estimated to benefit 162,600 Iraqi in eight districts of the war-damaged city.