Iraq - ETC Situation Report #39 (Reporting Period: 20/01/2017 to 23/02/2017)

Situation Report
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  • The Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC) is carrying out user support for the Internet connectivity services it is providing to humanitarians in Qayyarah: at the Mercy Hands office in town, and the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and Danish Refugee Council (DRC) office in Qayyarah Airstrip camp.
  • A total of 120 humanitarians have registered to access ETC Internet connectivity services since the beginning of 2017.
  • The ETC has distributed 1,203 vouchers to the affected population at United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Youth Centre and Internet cafe in Domiz camp since the project started in June 2016.

Situation Overview

In mid-February, humanitarians mobilized to respond to increasing humanitarian needs as military operations in West Mosul escalated. A variety of possible scenarios are being considered by humanitarian partners, including an estimated 250,000 people who are expected to flee the western part of the city. Due to narrow streets, civilians are in danger of being caught in crossfire while infrastructure is likely to be damaged. Efforts are therefore being made to expand the capacity at existing camps for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Hammam Al Ali, Qayyarah, and Haj Ali. The ETC will continue to focus its response efforts on the Mosul operation in 2017 by providing lifesaving communications services to humanitarians as needed in common operational areas.