Iraq

Mosul Weekly Protection Update (10 - 16 June 2017)

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HIGHLIGHTS: Displacement due to fierce fighting in west Mosul, Ba’aj, and Tel Afar continued, with increasing numbers of IDPs arriving with injuries incurred during their flight. More IDPs from west Mosul are using the northern bridge to cross toward Mosul Woods, rather than transiting through Hammam Al-Alil. Access to safety has somewhat improved, with stranded families reaching safe areas following persistent advocacy by humanitarian actors.

Protection monitoring at mustering and screening sites

The past week saw an increase in arrivals to the recently-established screening site close to Mosul Woods. From 10 to 15 June, when statistics began to be provided by the Ministry of Migration and Displacement (MoMD), a total of 8,778 new arrivals were recorded at Mosul Woods, most of whom fled from Shifaa or Zanjili neighbourhoods in west Mosul. Compared to past weeks, much higher numbers of injuries are noted among the new arrivals, who continue to report being targeted by snipers affiliated to armed extremist groups. From the screening site, the majority of arrivals move toward east Mosul, with many citing the Nabi Yunis area as their destination.

At the same time, arrivals have decreased at Hammam Al-Alil screening site, with approximately 2,000 IDPs arriving on a daily basis. Most new arrivals came from Zanjili, Ba’aj, Mosul Qadima (the Old City), and Tel Afar, and then proceeded to east Mosul following completion of the screening process. Some IDP families, however, have insisted on remaining at Hammam Al-Alil site until they can be transferred to Al Salamiyah 2 camp. The camp, which currently shelters over 17,000 IDPs, is currently at capacity. An extension to shelter up to 5,500 IDPs is under construction, and expected to open in approximately ten days.

Concerns were raised by protection actors at Hammam Al-Alil screening site about the procedures followed in the course of identifying and arresting persons suspected of affiliation to armed extremist groups. Officials at the site explained that names that trigger a hit against the database of persons suspected of affiliation are double-checked against another list containing additional identifying details. If both lists confirm affiliation, the suspect is taken to Hamdaniyah, east of Mosul, to be tried by the court there. If found to be guilty, the individual is then transferred to Baghdad to serve his or her sentence. Families continued to raise the issue of the absence of information about detention of relatives, including their location and the charges against them.

Protection actors have set up an information tent in Hammam Al-Alil where they will disseminate information about the IDP hotline and legal assistance available, as well as general information about GBV services, child protection, health services, and family separation. The tent is to be maintained at the screening site near the food and water distribution area.