Iraq Situation: UNHCR Flash Update - 7 October 2017

Report
from UN High Commissioner for Refugees
Published on 07 Oct 2017

Key figures

816,882 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

1 709,000 IDPs, returnees and members of the host community from Mosul and surrounding areas assisted by UNHCR since 17 October 2016.

378,829 Individuals (80,482 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 20142

262,758 Iraqi refugees hosted in countries in the region, and 26,462 Iraqis received in camps in Hassakeh, Syria since 17 October 2016

Funding

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

Situation update

Two weeks into the military operations aiming at retaking Hawiga district, the Iraqi Security Forces have reportedly retaken Hawiga city. Pockets of resistance remain in the city and the district, and clashes are ongoing.

In northwest Anbar, Iraqi security forces are reportedly preparing for operations to retake the remaining extremist-controlled cities and districts of Rawa and Al-Ka’im.

It is expected that an additional 50,000 people will be displaced as a result of military operations in the coming months.

Violence and forms of collective punishment targeted against families are escalating in east Shirqat and Al Zab sub-district, which were recently retaken. At least 58 families were evicted from their houses since 29 September. In addition, over 600 houses were torched by tribal fighters and other elements. Many families have reportedly fled the areas, in particular Al Zab, to Haj Ali IDP camp in Erbil Governorate, 75 kilometres north of Al Zab.