United Nations braces for new evacuations from IS-held parts of Iraq

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 9, 2017

Lisa Grande told journalists here that while Syria remains the biggest humanitarian operation, "more people have been displaced in Iraq, at a faster pace than in any other place in the world".

Overall, she said that Mosul, which had been the site of the single largest urban battle since World War II, had also witnessed the largest managed evacuation in modern history, with almost one million civilians assisted out of the city.

"We think that by the end of these military operations, several hundred more people are expected to be displaced", she said.

"Although the fighting is over in Mosul, the humanitarian crisis is not", said Grande referring to the hard slog to regain Iraq's second largest city from the IS that was finally routed at the beginning of July. Aid organizations working in Iraq reported that fighters from the Islamic State, which is also known as ISIS and ISIL, have stepped up attacks against villages south of Mosul.

Grande noted that normally in an urban battle displacement of people is "chaotic".

Even as schools and markets begin to re-open in war-torn eastern Mosul, whole neighbourhoods of the western part of the Iraqi city have been destroyed and almost a quarter of a million people have nowhere to return “anytime soon, ” a senior United Nations official said today.

A total of 3.3 million people in Iraq are now displaced, including the population of Mosul, most of whom still have not returned to their city.

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