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30 Dec 2016 description
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(Baghdad, Iraq, 30 December 2016):

The United Nations is deeply concerned about possible civilian casualties following an airstrike that hit the Ibn-Al-Athir hospital compound in Mosul yesterday. The Spokesperson for the Combined Joint Task Force has confirmed responsibility for the strike.

22 Dec 2016 description
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(Baghdad, 22 December 2016): The United Nations condemns in the strongest terms the killing of civilians and aid workers in two separate incidents in eastern Mosul city.

17 Oct 2016 description
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(Baghdad, 17 October 2016): The intensification of military operations to retake the city of Mosul from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) could affect up to 1.5 million people in the city. Up to 1 million girls, boys, women and men may be forced from their homes, of which up to 700,000 may be in need of shelter assistance. Up to 200,000 people may be displaced in the first weeks of the operations. The humanitarian community, UN Agencies and NGOs, have been planning and readying assistance for months.

16 Mar 2016 description

(Baghdad, 16 March 2016): Humanitarian partners are rushing to provide emergency assistance to an estimated 35,000 people who have been newly displaced in hard-to-reach areas west of Ramadi.

Lise Grande, the UN’s Humanitarian Coordinator said, “Thousands of people who have been trapped in Heet for months are trying to reach safety. The UN doesn’t have full access and we are very worried that some of the families who are escaping are in areas very close to the front lines. We are worried for their safety.”

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(Baghdad/Erbil, 20 February 2016): The United Nations is deeply worried about thousands of civilians who are trapped in Fallujah and in Sinjar district. “Urgent steps need to be taken to alleviate the suffering of people struggling to survive in Iraq. As humanitarians, we have a common responsibility to save lives.

27 Jul 2015 description
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“We are letting down the people of Iraq when they need us the most”

(Baghdad, 27 July 2015): The United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq, Ms. Lise Grande, confirmed today that 184 front line health services have been suspended because of the paralysing funding shortfall for humanitarian activities in Iraq. More than 80 per cent of general health programmes supported by humanitarian partners are now shut, directly impacting one million people. “At a time when the people of Iraq need us the most, we are letting them down,” Ms. Grande said.

24 Feb 2015 description

Baghdad, Iraq

The United Nations Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary General/Resident Coordinator/Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq – Ms. Lise Grande and the UNHCR Representative in Iraq - Neill Wright today visited some of the Iraqi families recently displaced from Al Baghdadi district in the western province of Anbar.

20 Jun 2014 description

Jacqueline Badcock, United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Iraq

20 June 2014

I am deeply concerned about the humanitarian situation for hundreds of thousands of women, children and men in Iraq who have been forced from their homes by the recent upsurge in violent conflict.

The United Nations estimate that half a million people have fled Mosul and tens of thousands have fled the governorates of Diyala and Salah ad-Din, many with few or no resources of their own to sustain themselves in displacement for very long.

19 Aug 2004 description

One year ago today the UN faced its darkest hour ever.

Sadly, this was not the first time that UN workers have lost their lives - or have been murdered. Even more sadly this will not be the last. Yet, the Canal Hotel bombing was unique in a number of ways including its savagery (22 killed, more than 150 injured) and its circumstances.

09 Apr 2003 description

Tehran, 09 April 2003 (United Nations Resident Coordinator's Office) - UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq Ramiro Lopes da Silva arrived in Tehran late Tuesday for a two-day visit aimed at discussing current efforts of the United Nations in connection with the crisis in Iraq.