Caught in the crossfire – an update  on the situation in Mosul

March

In recent weeks, the political and humanitarian situation in Northern Iraq has worsened. In January, Iraqi government forces recaptured the eastern half of the city but the western half remains under the control of Islamic State. Civilians are being caught in the crossfire.

Since last month, 45,000 people are reported to have fled the city, many without shoes on their feet. They are now homeless, without food or water. Wet and cold weather has added to their misery. There have also been reports of chemical weapons, with the International Committee of the Red Cross treating 12 people, including women and children, for suspected exposure to blistering agents.

The fighting has moved to the congested streets of the old city, making it very difficult to defeat what remains of Islamic State in Iraq. Despite recent reports that the group’s leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, has fled, field commanders and die hard followers continue to put up fierce resistance.

Last week, the Iraqi government opened the Hammam al-Alil displacement camp in southeastern Mosul which is able to accommodate around 4,000 families. However, the camp’s facilities are reportedly very poor and the camp is nowhere near big enough to cater for the 100,000 people that are expected to flee western Mosul in the coming weeks. The UNHCR is currently building an additional camp at Hamman al-Alil that can accommodate up to 40,000 people.

We continue to work with partners on the ground to provide emergency food relief to thousands of internally displaced people every month. We mainly distribute to the IDP camps in Iraqi Kurdistan to the east of Mosul, however we have also distributed food and water at Khazir Camp on the outskirts of the city. See the below infographic for details of how your donations will help:

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Thank you,
The FRRME Team
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