Press Releases & Statements

Sinuni/Sinjar Mountain, 9 January 2017 - Following the ISIL offensive on Mosul, over 275,000 people from Mount Sinjar area - including a vast majority of Yazidis - were driven out of their homes. Abandoned Yazidi settlements were either systematically demolished or seized by ISIL fighters. Some 3,000 homes are thought to have been destroyed or burned down in the sub-district of Sinuni alone.

6 January 2017 – The World Health Organization (WHO) welcomes the in-kind donation of medicines and medical supplies from the Government of France, which were handed over to a WHO delegation by H.E. President Francois Hollande during his visit to Iraq on 2 January 2017.

Baghdad, Iraq, 02 January 2017 – A total of 386 Iraqi civilians were killed and another 1,066 were injured in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in Iraq in December 2016*, according to casualty figures recorded by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).

Baghdad, 02 January 2017 – The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General (SRSG) for Iraq, Mr. Ján Kubiš, strongly condemned today’s triple bombings in Baghdad in which large numbers of civilians were killed and injured.

Baghdad, 31 December 2016 – The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq (SRSG), Mr. Ján Kubiš, today condemned the two bombings in Baghdad in which scores of people were killed and injured.

29 December 2016 – Health workers in camps hosting internally displaced persons in Qayyarah, south of Mosul, are struggling to cope with the growing numbers of patients seeking health services.

(Baghdad, Iraq, 30 December 2016): The United Nations is deeply concerned about possible civilian casualties following an airstrike that hit the Ibn-Al-Athir hospital compound in Mosul yesterday. The Spokesperson for the Combined Joint Task Force has confirmed responsibility for the strike.

Thursday, 29 December 2016 05:29

UNAMI condemns abduction of journalist

Baghdad, 29 December 2016 - The United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) condemns the abduction of Iraqi journalist, Ms. Afrah Shawqi, by unidentified gunmen from her home on Monday night.

29 December 2016 – ROME/BAGHDAD – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has welcomed a contribution of US$7.1 million from Denmark to provide emergency food assistance for thousands of Iraqi families affected by the continuing crisis in Mosul.

29 December 2016 – Nine-year-old Heba fled Hawija district in Kirkuk, Iraq, with her parents and 3 brothers almost 2 months ago and has been living in Daquq camp in Kirkuk since. “We lived under ISIL for more than 2 years,” said Heba’s mother. “We left because there was no food left to buy but bread. We were hungry, and we were scared for our lives from the constant airstrikes.”

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