United Nations secretary-general says Mosul refugees need more help

Posted April 01, 2017

"We need more solidarity from the worldwide community".

Addressing media at the Hassan Sham camp, Gutteres said only 8 percent of the 2017 UN Humanitarian Response Program is funded, making it hard for the UN to exclusively assist displaced civilians.

Belgium takes part in the US-led coalition against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group, which has conducted tens of thousands of air strikes against the fighters in Iraq and Syria.

Whether or not real reconciliation occurs in Mosul and elsewhere will play a major role in determining whether Iraq moves towards stability or further violence.

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Baghdad- US President Donald Trump has called on Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to continue military cooperation and coordination for the objective of combatting terrorism and defeating ISIS.

As he began his visit in Baghdad, Guterres called for the protection of civilians to be the "absolute priority", after the battle for Mosul resulted in numerous civilian deaths and widespread privation.

Remaining in the city has posed deadly danger to residents, with the United Nations human rights office saying more than 300 civilians were killed in west Mosul in a little over a month.

Iraqi forces have been battling to retake Mosul from ISIS, which captured the city two years ago.At least 355,000 Mosul residents have fled the fighting, according to the government.Some 400,000 civilians remain trapped inside the densely populated Old City where street battles have raged for weeks.

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Iraqi authorities believe more than 130 civilians were killed in strikes over several days in Mosul's al-Jadida area, and attention has focused on one particularly deadly attack on March 17.

Canada previously had largely avoided Mosul, working instead with Kurdish forces to the north and east.

The U.N. says most western Mosul residents have no access to food or clean drinking water and other than the Iraqi military, no aid agencies have been able to access them because of intense fighting. ISIS then stationed fighters on the building in an effort to get the USA backed Iraqi Security Forces to call in a US airstrike on the position.

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