Baghdad, – U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has warned that the severe lack of funding for U.N. programs assisting the displaced might result in a tragedy, urging the international community to do more to help the people who have “suffered enormously and go on suffering.” “This is a moment in which the Iraqi people [and] the people of Mosul need the solidarity of the international community,” the U.N. News Center quoted Guterres as saying at the Hassan Sham camp, east of Mosul.

“Solidarity with those liberating Mosul [and] with the civilians who are suffering [ ] to guarantee protection of those civilians and, at the same time, solidarity with the victims and creating the conditions for reconciliation,” he added.

About 11 million people are estimated to be in need of humanitarian assistance in Iraq. Of this figure, about three million are internally displaced. In Mosul, more than 285,000 individuals have been displaced due to the military operations to retake the city from ISIS group, including some 122,000 over the past month. Cumulatively, more than 350,000 individuals have been displaced since the operations began on October 17, 2016. (QNA)

Source: Qatar News Agency

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