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Iraq Situation: UNHCR Flash Update - 10 February 2017

Situation Report
Originally published


Key Figures

  • 152,922 Internally displaced persons (IDPs) currently displaced from Mosul and surrounding areas
  • 19,470 UNHCR kits of core relief items (CRIs) distributed to families in camps, assisting some 107,000 IDPs from Mosul and surrounding areas
  • 5,775 family plots are currently occupied out of 11,497 family plots (for some 60,000 people) in UNHCR built camps that are ready to receive IDPs displaced from Mosul corridor.
  • 3 million IDPs since January 20142
  • 245,000 Iraqi refugees hosted by neighbouring countries in the region, and 11,451 Iraqis received in Al Hol camp in Syria since 17 October 2016


Mosul: 794 IDPs (160 families) arrived to Hasansham and Khazer camps between 6 and 7 February, having fled primarily from north and central neighbourhoods of east Mosul, and some from western neighbourhoods. During the same period, 1,002 IDPs (212 families) departed Hasansham and Khazer camps. Since 17 October 2016, an estimated 199,200 persons (33,200 families) have been displaced from Mosul and surrounding areas. Of these, about 46,278 IDPs (7,713 families) have returned to their areas of origin or departed from the camp to other areas through sponsorship by family members. Shirqat: 235 IDPs (39 families) who fled fighting in eastern Shirqat reached safety across the Tigris River between 6 and 7 February, and are being hosted in government buildings. Hawiga: 270 IDPs (45 families) fled Hawiga to Al-Alam during the same period.


Ninewa Governorate Council has estimated that over 1,000 houses in Mosul have been damaged by armed groups and as a result of the military operations to retake the city. This follows reports in January that over 80% of the city’s infrastructure has been destroyed, including elements of the electricity and water system.

Authorities are encouraging IDPs in camps to return, regardless of the situation in their area of origin. While there are no indications of forced return, the Returns Working Group (RWG) expressed concerns about premature returns resulting in secondary displacement due to the presence of security risks including mines and UXO. They noted that they have faced difficulties in confirming the whereabouts of returnees who leave camps but fail to reach their areas of origin.

90 schools have resumed regular operations in retaken east Mosul, and are expected to receive some 100,000 students according to the Ministry of Education. All schools were supplied with books and stationery.