The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) on Saturday revealed since the beginning of the Mosul operation, 90,000 civilians had fled the city to the Region.
In a statement on the KRG’s website, Director of the KRG’s Joint Crisis Coordination Centre (JCC) Hoshang Mohamed said 90,000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), nearly 25,000 families, had arrived in Kurdistan since the start of the Mosul offensive.
Iraqi and Peshmerga forces launched a military operation on Oct. 17 to free Mosul, the self-proclaimed capital of the Islamic State (IS).
“The IDPs have resided at the Khazir and Hassan Sham camps in Erbil Province, and Qaiymawa and Nergizliya camps in Duhok,” Mohamed stated.
Mohamed added the KRG provided the needs of the displaced families such as shelter, security, food, non-food items, and medical services.
He also explained humanitarian assistance was delivered in coordination and cooperation with the Iraqi Ministry of Migration and Displacement, UN agencies, and local and international NGOs.
“The capacity of the Kurdistan Region to shelter more IDPs is limited as the displacement has increased to 3,000 IDPs a day,” Mohamed said.
“70 percent of the IDPs have taken refuge in the Kurdistan Region,” he continued.
Additionally, the Director of the JCC said due to the ongoing fighting inside Mosul, the number of wounded had increased.
According to him, 3,000 wounded people received treatment in Erbil and Duhok hospitals since the offensive began.
“Due to insufficient assistance and support from the Iraqi government and the international community, the assistance provided to the IDPs are few compared to their needs,” Mohamed told the KRG website.
The JCC is a response center established by the KRG for coordination of the current humanitarian crisis and all future man-made and natural disaster emergencies.
The Kurdistan Region is home to over 1.8 million IDPs and refugees who fled from Syria and other parts of Iraq due to the threat of IS.
SOURCE: Kurdistan 24