Saturday, June 14, 2014

Iraq: Violence in Ninewa and surrounding areas results in approximately one million displaced Iraqis

Sources: International Organization for Migration ReliefWeb

IOM’s Rapid Assessment and Response Teams (RART) and the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) have estimated that 500,000 IDPs have fled the city of Mosul and surrounding districts as of 12 June 2014. Results from the Displacement Tracking Matrix DTM ) have verified 478,860 IDPs affected by the Anbar Crisis as of) 30 May 2014. Therefore, IOM estimates the total caseload of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) affected by violence since January 2014 has reached approximately 1,000,000.

As of 12 June 2014, violence between Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) and Armed Opposition Groups (AOGs) has spread rapidly throughout the country, particularly in the governorates of Ninewa, Kirkuk, and Salah al-Din. In recent days, AOGs have taken over the city of Mosul including the Mosul International Airport, all military bases and police stations, and government buildings. Furthermore, it is reported that AOGs have overtaken the city of Tikrit in the governorate of Salah al-Din, only 130km north of Baghdad. Recent gains by AOGs, who have controlled the cities of Ramadi and Fallujah in the governorate of Anbar since January 2014, have resulted in a deteriorating humanitarian situation. IDPs have fled violent areas empty-handed to surrounding districts and the Kuridstan Region KR), and require immediate emergency assistance to meet their) basic needs for survival.

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