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.
(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.”
(Baghdad, 4 March 2017): The Humanitarian Coordinator in Iraq, Lise Grande, expressed shock at reports of alleged use today of chemical weapons in Iraq’s Mosul neighbourhoods.
“This is horrible. If the alleged use of chemical weapons is confirmed, this is a serious violation of international humanitarian law and a war crime, regardless of who the targets or the victims of the attacks are. There is never justification--none whatsoever--for the use of chemical weapons,” said Ms Grande.
191,800 People are currently displaced
85% of displaced people are in emergency camps
10,800 Family plots are available now to shelter displaced people in emergency camps
2,300m³ of water delivered by humanitarian partners every day in eastern Mosul to supplement municipal supplies
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%).
(Baghdad, 19 February 2017): Since fighting began on 17 October 2016, more than 217,000 people have been displaced from the eastern sections of Mosul; already, 57,000 people have returned to their neighbourhoods. At least 550,000 civilians remained in their homes during the fighting. Humanitarian partners have been active in re-taken accessible areas since mid-October, reaching more than 850,000 people with some form of assistance.
(Baghdad, 18 February 2017): With military operations to retake western Mosul beginning, humanitarian organizations are warning that tens of thousands of families are at extreme risk. Recent surveys with key informants confirm that food and fuel supplies are dwindling, markets and shops have closed, running water is scarce and electricity in many neighborhoods is either intermittent or cut off.
(Baghdad, 24 January 2017): 100 days after military operations to retake Mosul started, humanitarian partners are expressing deep concern about the plight of the estimated 750,000 civilians who are currently living in the western sections of the city where fighting is expected to start in coming weeks.
160,000 People are currently displaced
85% of displaced people are in emergency camps
6,600 Family plots are available now to shelter displaced people in emergency camps
565,000 People in need, in and out of camps, have been reached by first-line emergency assistance
1.2-1.5m People could be affected overall by the military operations
During December 2016, the Iraq Internally Displaced Persons Information Centre (Iraq IIC) handled 4,537 calls, which pushed the total number of processed calls since the launch of the call centre to over 54,000. By the end of December, 99.8% of cases were classified as closed.
(Baghdad, Iraq, 30 December 2016):
The United Nations is deeply concerned about possible civilian casualties following an airstrike that hit the Ibn-Al-Athir hospital compound in Mosul yesterday. The Spokesperson for the Combined Joint Task Force has confirmed responsibility for the strike.
85,000 PEOPLE ARE CURRENTLY DISPLACED
81% OF DISPLACED PEOPLE ARE IN EMERGENCY CAMPS
43,000 MORE SPACES ARE AVAILABLE NOW TO SHELTER DISPLACED PEOPLE IN EMERGENCY CAMPS
239,000 PEOPLE IN NEED, IN AND OUT OF CAMPS, HAVE BEEN REACHED BY FIRST-LINE EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE
1.2-1.5m PEOPLE COULD BE AFFECTED OVERALL BY THE MILITARY OPERATIONS
US$284m* REQUESTED FOR THE FLASH APPEAL TO PREPARE AHEAD OF THE MILITARY OPERATION
The October launch of military operations to retake Mosul from ISIL has forced an additional 84,000 men, women and children to flee their homes. The offensive is part of a wider effort to bring large swathes of Iraq back under Government control.
Military operations in Kirkuk Governorate to the south-east have also triggered new waves of displacement. This adds to an existing humanitarian crisis, which had already forcibly displaced 3.1 million people in Iraq.
ERBIL, 5 December 2016 – Regarding an Al Jazeera report today that misquoted OCHA as calling on Iraqi Security Forces to establish humanitarian corridors in Mosul and warning of an impending halt to humanitarian assistance for a million people in and around the city, OCHA would like to underscore that it has not made any such statements. Al Jazeera has agreed to correct its story.
Per our most recent Situation Report of 29 November:
During October 2016, the Iraq Internally Displaced Persons Information Centre (Iraq IIC) handled 5,525 calls, pushing the total number of calls handled by the call centre past 43,000.
By the end of the month, 99.8% of calls were classified as closed.
During this reporting period, the top three caller locations were Erbil, Anbar, and Baghdad, accounting for 16%, 15%, and 13% of the total number of calls respectively. While Kirkuk had previously held a spot in the top three caller locations for the past eight months, its position dropped to sixth place in October.
288,000 People Lived In Hawiga District When ISIL Took Control In June 2014
114,000 People Could Be Displaced In A Worst Case Scenario
114,000 People May Need To Be Accommodated In Emergency Shelters
46,000 People Have Fled Hawiga Since August 2016
17,000 People Have Been Transported To Displacement Camps
27,000 Of The Displaced People Are Living In Camps
PEOPLE IN NEED OF SOME FORM OF HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE
PEOPLE HAVE BEEN INTERNALLY DISPLACED SINCE JANUARY 2014
PEOPLE ARE ESTIMATED TO LIVE IN AREAS OUTSIDE GOVERNMENT CONTROL IN NORTHERN AND WESTERN IRAQ; MANY ARE LIKELY TO BE VULNERABLE
PEOPLE NEED PROTECTION ASSISTANCE
PEOPLE HAVE BEEN NEWLY DISPLACED IN 2016
73,000 people are currently displaced
78% of displaced people are in emergency camps
23% of displaced people are in host communities
62,000 more spaces are available to shelter displaced people in emergency camps
452,000 additional spaces are under construction or planned
146,000 people have been reached by first-line emergency assistance