Over 750,000 Iraqi civilians facing dire conditions in Western Mosul

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Iraqi civilians seen in eastern Mosul after the arrival of the Iraqi security forces. Photo: ARA News/Pierre-Yves Baillet

Geneva (UN) – The United Nations on Monday expressed deep concerns about the humanitarian situation facing more than 750,000 people living in dire conditions in the western sections of Iraq’s Mosul city, where fighting is taking place between the Government forces and Islamic State (ISIS/Da’esh) terrorists.

“We are hearing from some families that food has drastically risen in price and is unaffordable. In extreme cases, people cannot access food at all,” said the World Food Programme’s (WFP) Iraq Representative and Country Director, Sally Haydock, in a news release.

“We appeal to all parties to the conflict to facilitate immediate and unimpeded humanitarian access to all Iraqis in need of assistance,” Ms. Haydock added, noting that WFP is monitoring the frontlines and remains ready to provide immediate food assistance as soon as families can be reached safely.

Through telephone interviews, many distressed families said that food was unaffordable, while others said they could not access food at all.

“The situation is unbelievable,” reported a 46-year-old man from inside the city. “There is no food, no clean water, no gas for heating, no medicine and no services.”

The military offensive to oust ISIS from Mosul began on 17 October 2016. The Government has since retaken eastern Mosul.

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