Lise Grande on Iraq

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We think that by the end of those operations, several hundred thousand more civilians are likely to be displaced.feedback
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Aug 08 2017
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The situation is distressing. People, right now, are in trouble. We are hearing reports of parents struggling to feed their children and to heat their homes. We don't know what will happen during the military campaign but we have to be ready for all scenarios. Tens of thousands of people may flee or be forced to leave the city. Hundreds of thousands of civilians might be trapped – maybe for weeks, maybe for months.feedback

Based on reports of insecurity, the U.N. decided that we would not send missions into eastern parts of Mosul until we reassess security conditions, . This has now been done and we expect to reengage as soon as possible, hopefully within the next day or so.feedback

We are racing against the clock to prepare for this. The reports from inside western Mosul are distressing. Prices of basic food and supplies are soaring ... Many families without income are eating only once a day. Others are being forced to burn furniture to stay warm.feedback

We are relieved that so many people in the eastern sections of Mosul have been able to stay in their homes. We hope that everything is done to protect the hundreds of thousands of people who are across the river in the west. We know that they are at extreme risk and we fear for their lives. The reports from inside western Mosul are distressing. We don't know what will happen in western Mosul but we cannot rule out the possibility of siege-like conditions or a mass exodus. They can be killed by booby-traps and in cross-fire and could be used as human shields.feedback

In a worst case, we envision that families who are already in trouble in Mosul will find themselves in even more acute need. The longer it takes to liberate Mosul, the harder conditions become for families.feedback

Our expectation about when the major attack on Mosul itself will occur, it could be within the next days.feedback

Stabilizing Qayara can't wait -- it has to happen now. Everything for the Mosul operation hinges on Qayara. It's the staging ground for military forces and it's where 350,000 of the 1 million people who are expected to flee [Mosul] will either find shelter or pass through.feedback

There is also a major effort to stabilize Qayara. Hundreds of thousands of people who may flee Mosul are likely to come in this direction.feedback

We understand that there could be accelerated plans for Mosul, and we don't know what those plans are, but we have to be ready for them.feedback

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