In the week prior to military operations which began in Telafar and surrounding areas on 20 August, 19,000 people fled, doubling the number of the previous three months. The operation to retake the city and surrounding areas under the control of Islamic State in the Levant and Iraq since 2014, was finished within two weeks with little damage to infrastructure. As many as 43,000 people had fled the area by the end of August although it is believed many more previously left and were undocumented. People fleeing reported dire conditions within the city with critical shortages of food and water. Many walked for 20 hours in intense heat to reach mustering points and arrived exhausted and dehydrated.
Internal Displacement - Mosul crisis
Of the over 4.8 million people displaced in Iraq since early 2014, about 3.3 million remain displaced, living in 3,700 locations across the country.
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