Iraq: UNICEF says up to 1.5 million may be affected by Mosul offensive

0
1034
Iraq: UNICEF says up to 1.5 million may be affected by Mosul offensive
“The UN is estimating that between 1.2 to 1.5 million people may be affected by the current situation in Mosul. We as UNICEF estimate that at least 50 percent of these people will be children,” said UNICEF’s Middle East Regional Manager Geert Cappelaere during a visit to the Debaga refugee camp, south of Erbil in Iraq’s Kurdish region.

Thousands of people who have fled the Mosul area, as the military offensive to retake the northern Iraqi city gathers pace, have been on the road for days.

In the background is a stark, apocalyptic landscape, with fumes billowing into the air from oil fields set alight by the retreating militants.