UN warns of refugee ‘wave’ fleeing Mosul
A displaced woman and children fleeing from clashes sit in a military vehicle belonging to forces taking part in the Iraqi government’s operation to oust Islamist forces from the city of Mosul.
UN humanitarian chief Stephen O’Brien said on Wednesday that up to 1.5m people in Mosul were at risk of being targeted, caught in crossfire, forcibly expelled or used as human shields during the operation.
Mr O’Brien said the UN anticipated “a displacement wave of some 200,000 people over the coming weeks, with up to one million displaced in the course of the operation in a worst-case scenario.”
Iraqi and Kurdish authorities are setting up a refugee camp with some 5,000 tents east of Mosul.
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