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Iraq Situation: UNHCR Flash Update - 13 October 2017

Situation Report
Originally published


Key figures

800,100 Internally displaced Iraqis verified as being currently displaced from Mosul and surrounding areas since military operations to retake the city began on 17 October 2016

709,000 people, IDPs, returnees and members of the host community from Mosul and surrounding areas assisted by UNHCR since 17 October 2016.

386,922 Individuals (82,652 households) impacted by military operations to retake Mosul since October 2016 are currently enrolled in ASSIST, UNHCR’s assistance tracking tool,

3.2 million IDPs since January 2014

264,973 Iraqi refugees hosted in countries in the region, and 27,152 Iraqis received in camps in Hassakeh,
Syria since 17 October 2016

Situation update

Iraqi Prime Minister officially announces the full liberation of Hawiga and remaining areas under extremist control bordering Salah al-Din Governorate. During his weekly press conference on 10 October, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced the successful end of all operations in Kirkuk and Salah al-Din Governorates, with Hawiga and Daquq districts now fully under government control, along with the surrounding Makhoul and Hamreen mountain areas. At least 118,000 IDPs have fled from Shirqat and Hawiga districts since August 2016.

Operations to retake areas still under extremist control in western Anbar ongoing. Close to 49,000 IDPs have fled the towns of Al Qa’im, Ana and Rawa in west Anbar, since the beginning of the year. Up to 50,000 people more could be displaced from Rawa and Al Qa’im districts as a result of the planned military operations.

Tensions between the Iraqi Federal Government and the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) over independence referendum continue. On 12 October, in addition to previous decisions and measures, the Iraqi Prime Minister called for the disputed areas between the Iraqi Government and the KRG to come back under the federal authority, along with all security forces in the country, including the Kurdish Peshmerga.