Iraq Situation: UNHCR Flash Update - 17 March 2017

from UN High Commissioner for Refugees
Published on 17 Mar 2017


254,880 Iraqis currently internally displaced from Mosul and surrounding areas since military operations to retake the city began on 17 October 2016

30,890 core relief item (CRIs) kits distributed to families in camps, assisting some 182,000 IDPs from Mosul and surrounding areas

7,990 family plots currently occupied out of 12,497 family plots (for some 75,000 people) in UNHCR built camps ready to receive IDPs displaced from the Mosul corridor

3 million IDPs since January 2014

250,952 Iraqi refugees hosted in countries in the region, and 14,527 Iraqis received in Al Hol camp in Syria since 17 October 2016


USD 578 million requested for IDPs and Iraqi refugees in the region in 2017.


According to the Ministry of Migration and Displacement, an estimated 150,000 individuals have been displaced as a result of the current offensive on western Mosul that began on 19 February. Overall, 254,880 individuals (42,480 families) are currently displaced from Mosul and surrounding areas since the military operations began on 17 October 2016.

Due to the large number of newly displaced people from western Mosul, the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) starting this week have expedited the security screening process at the Hammam Al-Alil screening site (25 km south of Mosul). An average of 15,000 IDPs arrive to the site daily.

Up to 70 per cent of the IDPs transiting the Hammam Al-Alil screening site since late last week have reportedly gone to out-of-camp locations including informal settlements east and south of Mosul. Humanitarian partners are liaising with local authorities to identify the whereabouts of these IDPs and prioritize their protection and assistance needs. UNHCR is prepared to support emergency shelter needs in urban locations with flexible solutions for up to 50,000 IDPs.


The historic area of Mosul is densely populated and displacement from there could be much greater than levels seen to date. The ISF have reportedly retaken roughly half of western Mosul and are surrounding the Old City from the south and west.