Internal Displacement Update, Issue 13: 9 - 22 March 2017
AFFECTED AREAS Mosul
CAUSE OF DISPLACEMENT Conflict
FIGURES About 172,000 new displacements between 19 February and 23 March
About 172,000 people fled western neighbourhoods of Mosul for camps and emergency sites between 19 February and 23 March as military operations to retake the western part of Mosul from ISIL moved into more heavily populated areas of the old city. This brings to almost 274,000 the total number of people displaced from eastern and western Mosul as of 23 March. More than 350,000 people were displaced between 17 October and 23 March, of whom 76,000 returned home to eastern Mosul and surrounding areas.
Displaced people report fear of being caught in the crossfire during the journey to safety.
Across Iraq, returnees and people who remain in their homes face severe shortages of necessities, life-threatening risks from explosive hazards and restrictions to freedom of movement (OCHA, 23 March 2017).