UNICEF is alarmed by the latest mass displacement of civilians in northern Iraq. Approximately 1,500 people, including large numbers of children and elderly, arrived in Erbil yesterday from Hamdaniya, Ninevah Governorate, and reports indicate a significantly larger group of displaced is on the move. Many of these displaced people have travelled long distances on foot and some bear injuries sustained in the recent violence.
UNICEF assessment teams were at the various locations where families were sheltering Wednesday evening and have today begun providing immediate life-saving aid – including water and sanitation kits - to the children, women and their families.
With violence ongoing in different parts of Iraq, UNICEF reiterates its call on all parties to the conflict to ensure the protection of children and all civilians.
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