Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, 19 May 2017 - Iraq
The following is a near-verbatim transcript of today’s noon briefing by Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesman for the Secretary-General.
The largest displacement from Mosul in a single day since operations began last 17 October was recorded yesterday (18 May). According to Iraqi authorities, more than 16,000 people from western Mosul transited through the screening site at Hammam al Alil — the main screening site for civilians displaced from west Mosul — between 16:00 on 17 May and 16:00 on 18 May. This brings the cumulative number of people displaced from west Mosul alone to nearly 550,000 since the start of the military operations on 19 February of this year.
People are fleeing under very difficult circumstances, which are exacerbated by rising temperatures. Many are food insecure and have not had access to safe drinking water and medicines for weeks or months.
Humanitarian workers continue to respond to these extremely fast outflows of people, but the pace and scale of displacement is stretching response capacities.