UN hopes to prevent humanitarian catastrophe, releases USD 15 million aiding Iraqis fleeing Fallujah

A few days back the Norwegian Refugee Council warned a humanitarian disaster was unfolding; Fallujah displaced at least 30,000 people in three days.

By: AP | United Nations | Published: June 21, 2016 12:13:37 pm
UN, United nations Falluja, Falluja, Islamic State falluja, Falluja municipal building, Iraqi force captures falluja, iraqi force, iraq, Islamic State news, IS, Iraq news, latest news, latest UN news, latest world news File Photo: Internally displaced civilians from Fallujah flee their homes during fight between Iraqi security forces and Islamic State group during a military operation to regain control the City, of outside Fallujah, Iraq, May 26, 2016. (Source: AP Photo/file)

The UN humanitarian chief, Stephen O’Brien, has released USD 15 million in emergency aid to provide life-saving assistance to more than 85,000 people forced to flee recent fighting and military operations in the Iraqi city of Fallujah.

Stephen O’Brien said on Monday that “people escaping Fallujah are in desperate need of assistance” and need urgent help “before this situation becomes a humanitarian catastrophe.”

He said USD 15 million is a small portion of the USD 65 million needed to respond to Fallujah’s needs, and he called on donors to urgently provide additional funds.

A UN appeal for USD 861 million for Iraq this year is only 36 per cent funded.

Fallujah was the first Iraqi city to fall to Islamic State extremists in January 2014. Many IS militants have been routed but Iraqi forces were still battling remnants on Monday.

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