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OCHA Flash Update Iraq Crisis – Salah al-Din Displacement Update No. 6 | 10 March 2015

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  1. Accurate figures on the number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Salah al-Din Governorate remains unclear as of 10 March.

  2. On 9 March, Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) launched a military campaign in Alalam Sub-district (Tikret District) which could result in further displacement.

  3. Another 75 families from Dour District arrived in Muta’sam Sub-district (Samarra District), about 25 km southeast of Samarra City. The IDPs which are currently sheltering in a school have received some relief items from the host community.

Humanitarian Situation/on-going response

  1. A key priority for aid agencies is to conduct a needs assessment in Samarra City and other areas where IDPs have arrived.

  2. An inter-agency needs assessment planned by international humanitarian organizations has yet to take place due to operational security constraints. However, implementing partners, including the Iraq Red Crescent Society (IRCS), Muslim Aid and Jannat al Firdaus, are currently conducting needs assessments to determine the needs of displaced persons.

  3. Muslim Aid will conduct a needs assessment in Balad, Dujail and Dhuluyia, with a plan to have it completed by the end of the weekend.

  4. Staff from the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) in Samarra will liaise with the local partners on the ground to ensure that the ongoing assessment covers all IDP locations.

The information in this note was compiled by OCHA Iraq based on a variety of sources, including the Government of Iraq, the Regional Government of Kurdistan, UN agencies, international nongovernment organizations, media reports, and key informant interviews.

The next Flash Update will be issued as required. For more information, contact David Swanson swanson@un.org or visit the Humanitarian Operations Centre, Erbil.

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