EU Commission to announce additional humanitarian aid for Iraq

EPA / OMAR ALHAYALI

Iraqi displaced people flee their houses due to the fighting between Iraqi forces and Islamic state group (IS) at an old city area, western Mosul, Iraq, 05 July 2017 (Issued 06 July 2017). Iraqi security forces are in the final stages of the battle to retake Mosul, in an operation that was launched more than eight months ago. On 04 July, 2014 Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Sunni extremist gr

EU Commission to announce additional humanitarian aid for Iraq


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After the end of the Mosul military campaign, the European Commission reassesses its stance and scales up its response to the humanitarian crisis in Iraq.

The end of the military campaign will enable the EU to continue supporting emergency relief in newly retaken areas and for newly displaced families, while continuing to provide emergency medical services and attending injured civilians from the front lines, to the final point of rehabilitation.

European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides said on Wednesday during a High-Level Meeting on the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) Crisis in Mosul, that “the end of the Mosul military campaign marks the beginning of a new phase of international support to Iraq.”

Stylianides suggested that this new phase requires the European Commission’s “rock-solid commitment” to ensure that all civilians are protected in Telafar, West Anbar and Hawidja, as well as in their locations of displacement. “Our humanitarian commitment will remain faithful to our guiding humanitarian principles,” concludes the Commissioner.

The amount of the new funding for Iraq has not been set yet but will aim to fill the gaps between assistance provided in current locations of displacement and potential areas of return.

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