As a result of the military offensive in the north Iraqi city of Mosul, there are now more than 50,000 people in the Qayarra and Jadaa camps, where the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) is helping to run a 24-hour delivery room and providing psycho-social support to victims of gender-based violence, a UN spokesman told reporters here Thursday.

“There are also some 24,000 people in the Hammam Aleel camp, where UNFPA is providing reproductive care services,” Dujarric said at a daily news briefing here.

A 20-bed field maternity hospital is expected to be operational by the end of this month, he said.

There are 750,000 people in eastern Mosul, where UNFPA has reopened a maternity unit equipped for caesarean sections and is supporting three new reproductive health clinics, he said.

Over in western Mosul, more than 97,000 people have fled their homes due to the conflict, and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) estimates that as many as 250,000 people could be displaced, he said.

Mosul witnessed a fighting between the Iraqi government forces and Islamic State (IS/Da’esh) terrorists.

The Iraqi government force’s advance toward Mosul came after the Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced on Feb. 19 the start of an offensive to drive the extremist militants out of the western side of Mosul, locally known as the right bank of Tigris River which bisects the city.

Late in January, Abadi declared the liberation of the eastern side of Mosul, or the left bank of Tigris, after more than 100 days of fighting against the Islamic State (IS) militants.

However, the western side of Mosul, with its narrow streets and a heavy population of between 750,000 and 800,000, appears to be a bigger challenge to the Iraqi forces, according to the United Nations estimates.

Mosul, 400 km north of the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, has been under IS control since June 2014, when Iraqi government forces abandoned their weapons and fled, enabling IS militants to take control of parts of Iraq’s northern and western regions. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/NewsGhana.com.gh

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