UN says 700,000 Iraqis are displaced in Kurdish north

Author : Mircea Birca | Saturday, August 23, 2014
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About 700,000 Iraqis have gathered in the Kurdish north after being driven from their homes by jihadist fighters, the United Nations said Aug. 22 as it stepped up a massive aid operation to the region.

“The Kurdistan region of Iraq is now hosting close to 700,000 displaced Iraqis, most having arrived in early June,” Adrian Edwards, spokesman for the UN’s refugee agency, told reporters in Geneva.

Earlier this week, the UNHCR had put the number at around 600,000, but it is unclear how many of the additional 100,000 were new arrivals and how many had arrived earlier but only been registered in recent days.

“There has been some increase in numbers, but we haven’t finished registration at the moment,” Edwards said. The UNHCR was continuing its largest single aid push in more than a decade following the first aid flight to northern Iraq two days ago.

Edwards said a second Boeing 747 had delivered more tents to the regional capital Arbil on Aug. 21 and that more flights were planned Aug. 22 and Aug. 23.

The planned 10-day operation aims to bring a total of 2,410 tonnes of aid by air, land and sea.

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