Iraq: Flash Update - 2 July 2016

Situation Report
Originally published



87,000 IDPs* from Falluja and surrounding areas since May

24,000 IDPs** from Mosul and surrounding areas since March

3.3 million IDPs* since January 2014

230,000 Iraqi refugees*** in the region

Funding UNHCR’s overall appeal of USD 584 million for IDPs and Iraqi refugees in the region is only 22% funded


▪ Nearly 2,000 persons (over 300 families) have fled the fighting between Ramadi and Falluja in Jazerat Al Khalidiya.

▪ The Iraqi Security Forces have secured Al Karmah town located 16km north of Falluja city, but IDPs from there have expressed reluctance to return over fears of booby traps and explosive hazards. Cleaning efforts are still ongoing.

▪ Authorities in Heet Health Directorate have instructed all of their employees (including among the IDP population) to promptly return to their jobs in the Heet hospital and health centres. UNHCR is concerned that such a measure will violate the human rights principles of voluntariness, safety and dignity in returns.

▪ There have been disturbing reports of burning and looting of house and cars in Falluja, which add to tensions within the community and further impede the sustainability of safe and dignified returns.