More than 100 days after the launch of military operations to retake the control of Mosul from the Islamic State, the worse might be yet to come. About 750,000 civilians are estimated to be currently living in the western part of the city, where fighting is expected to start in coming weeks.
Reports coming from inside western Mosul are distressing. The prices of basic food and supplies are soaring. Water and electricity are intermittent in neighborhoods and many families without income are eating only once a day. Others are being forced to burn furniture to stay warm.
“We don't know what will happen in western Mosul, but we cannot rule out the possibility of siege-like conditions or a mass exodus. To date, nearly half of all the casualties from Mosul are civilians. It's terrifying to think of the risks families are facing,” said Lise Grande, Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq.
The military operations in Mosul have resulted in one of the largest humanitarian crises in 2016 and this is likely to continue in 2017. Since October 17, 2016, more than 162,600 people have been displaced from the eastern part of the city as a result of the conflict.
As humanitarian operations extend farther into East Mosul, we are getting a clear picture of the intense suffering of civilians over the last two and a half years, which underscores our deep concerns for those who remain trapped and in danger inside West Mosul" - Thomas Weiss, IOM Iraq Chief of Mission
To assist Iraqis displaced by Mosul military operations, our partner, IOM Iraq, is providing critical humanitarian aid, including shelter, winter emergency household items, fuel, transportation for internally displaced Iraqis, and health and psychosocial services. So far, an estimated 240,000 have been assisted by IOM in newly retaken areas, as well as for those in camps and emergency sites.
Humanitarian aid is essential for the survival for the thousands of families displaced by Mosul operations. Up to 1.5 million people are in urgent need of humanitarian aid such as emergency shelter, non-food items, health and psychosocial support.
Many families are forced to make a difficult choice – to flee in the face of grave risks or remain in place where food, water, and medicines have become scarce.
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