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Soaring temperatures pose new threat to Mosul’s displaced – UN migration agency

16 May 2017 – The United Nations migration agency today warned that while hundreds of thousands of people displaced from Mosul have braved the ongoing offensive to oust the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh), the beleaguered citizens are now struggling to cope with another danger – the sweltering summer heat.


Sexual violence in conflict ‘legitimate threat’ to peace and security – UN deputy chief

15 May 2017 – Although global understanding of sexual violence in conflict is shifting, there remains the need to tackle the root causes of such violations that lie in fundamental inequality and discrimination against women, Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed told the United Nations Security Council today.


Iraq: UN refugee agency opens twelfth camp as displacement escalates in west Mosul

12 May 2017 – Less than four weeks after opening its last camp, the United Nations refugee agency welcomed families fleeing the fighting in western Mosul this week with its twelfth camp set up deal with the ongoing emergency in and around the Iraqi city.


UN relief workers concerned about civilians in Mosul threatened by Iraqi forces, ISIL

09 May 2017 – As a new front opens in the fight between Iraqi forces and the group known as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh) in north-western Mosul city, United Nations humanitarian staff are raising concern about hundreds of thousands of civilians still living in the area.


Young Syrian refugees don't want pity; respect their rights and empower them – UNICEF Advocate

28 April 2017 – Concluding a visit to Syrian refugee camps in Jordan where he met with young people displaced from their homes, an advocate for the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) underlined the need to respect their rights and empower them so that they can grow to their full potential.


Six months into battle for Mosul, water, trauma care are key UN and partner priorities

26 April 2017 – Safe drinking water is a major concern in Mosul, where a battle has been underway for the past six months to retake the city from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), the United Nations humanitarian arm has said


World Immunization Week: Power of vaccines still not fully utilized, says UN health agency

24 April 2017 – Vaccinations stave off 26 potentially deadly diseases, the United Nations health agency is emphasizing on the first day of World Immunization Week, which also marks the halfway point of the Organization's goal to stop millions of deaths from vaccine-preventable diseases.


UN welcomes release of 26 Qatari abductees in Iraq

22 April 2017 – The United Nations has welcomed the release and return to their country of 26 Qatari nationals abducted in Muthanna governorate, Iraq, in December 2015.


Middle East engulfed by ‘perfect storm’ – one that threatens international peace, warns UN envoy

20 April 2017 – Reporting on the dire situation across the Middle East region, marked by the largest refugee crisis since the Second World War, fractured societies, proliferation of non-State actors and unbelievable human suffering, a United Nations envoy today reiterated the need for a surge in diplomacy for peace to ease the suffering of innocent civilians.


Scale of civilians fleeing Iraq's Mosul 'staggering' – senior UN relief official

17 April 2017 – Noting that nearly half a million people have fled Mosul since the start of military operations to retake the city from Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da'esh) terrorists, a senior United Nations humanitarian official in Iraq warned that the scale of the displacement has stretched relief efforts to their “operational limits”.