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WFP Iraq Situation Report #73, February 2020

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Highlights:

  • In February, WFP delivered food assistance to 378,203 people in 11 governorates, reaching 58 percent of the monthly target of 652,661 people.
  • The percentage reached in February was mainly due to banking transfer delays and growing operational challenges due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
  • WFP needs an additional USD 47.1 million to ensure that operations continue without interruption through September 2020.

In Numbers:

  • 1.40 million internally displaced people (IOM)
  • 4.66 million returnees (IOM)
  • 356,389 Iraqi IDPs, returnees + host communities assisted by WFP
  • 248,162 Syrian refugees in Iraq (UNHCR)
  • 21,814 Syrian refugees in camps assisted by WFP

Situation Update

• Anti-government protests continue since 1 October (except in the Kurdistan Region (KR) and some northern areas). There has been continued uncertainty and civil unrest after the rejection of both the former Prime Minister and PM-elect.

• Rockets continue to be aimed at the Green Zone and US facilities, with a rocket hitting the US Embassy on 16 Feb, with no injuries to personnel.

• By the end of February 2020, over 21,000 people had fled from northeast Syria into Duhok in the Kurdistan Region, following the Turkish operations that started in October