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Iraq Situation: UNHCR Flash Update - 3 July 2017

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KEY FIGURES

821,178 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

555,000 IDPs, returnees and members of the host community from Mosul and surrounding areas assisted by UNHCR since 17 October 2016.

229,523 Individuals (47,271 households) impacted by military operations to retake Mosul since October 2016 are currently enrolled in ASSIST, UNHCR’s assistance tracking tool

3 million IDPs since January 2014

257,476 Iraqi refugees hosted in countries in the region, and 21,124 Iraqis received in Al Hol camp in Syria since 17 October 2016

FUNDING

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

POPULATION MOVEMENTS

Spike in number of new arrivals to Hammam Al-Alil (HAA) screening site. On 29 and 30 June, 978 individuals (139 families) arrived to HAA, while on 1 July some 1,400 (200 families) arrived, mainly from Al-Mayadin, Al-Makawi, Suq Al-Sheharrin, Bab AlBid, and Al-Sergekhana. The increase is attributed to neighbourhoods in west Mosul being retaken by the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) and exit routes being cleared. Around 320 individuals (45 families) also departed west Mosul via Victory Bridge and entered east Mosul directly without transiting through HAA. After passing through HAA, most new arrivals have relocated to east Mosul, Qayarrah and Gogjali.

Displaced individuals from newly retaken neighbourhoods report indiscriminate shelling and abuses. They also report lack of services and assistance in their places of origin, including no clean drinking water, food assistance, and health services.

Increasing cases of unaccompanied elderly displaced noted. This trend is expected to continue as ISF gains control of more areas of west Mosul, including AlShifa, where a medical complex is located. On 1 July, a UNHCR protection partner provided emergency assistance and escorted an unaccompanied 73-year-old female to Al-Araby in east Mosul, where she reunited with her adult nephew.

RESPONSE UPDATE

UNHCR completes layout for 2,500 tents in Al Salamiyah, southeast of Mosul.
There are currently 4,752 plots in the camp, of which 4,582 are occupied, and completion of the full Phase II of the camp expansion will provide a further 5,000 plots if needed. In the camps north of Mosul there are 1,895 available plots: 447 in Nargizlia 1, 1,421 in Nargizlia 2, and 27 in Qaymawa.

Efforts to mitigate the harsh summer conditions in camps underway. In Salah al Din Governorate, the Ministry of Migration in coordination with Oil Products Distribution Company is providing a monthly allocation of 41,000 litres of diesel fuel to run generators in Al-Alam 1 and 2 camps for IDPs. The fuel powers air coolers, reverse osmosis units that supply water, and other appliances.

Progress on birth certificates for new-borns in camps. UNHCR has been advocating with Asayesh (security service) in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq to allow women who give birth in the camps to exit the camp with their new-born child to Erbil Maternity Hospital in order to obtain a birth certificate. Asayesh has now agreed to issue special exit permits based on referrals from UNHCR’s protection partner. Once the security service receives the list of referred cases, the women and children will be able to travel to Erbil and back in a group, one day a week.