UN: Thousands to flee Tal Afar as Iraqi army advance on IS-held city — spokesperson

A spokesperson for the Secretary-General at United Nations Stephane Dujarric de la Riviere reported on the anticpated humanitarian problem of thousands of citizens leaving the Iraqi city of Tal Afar as the army approaches, speaking from the UN headquarters in New York City, Monday. Dujarric explained the anticipated situation of many Tal Afar residents, expected to attempt to flee the self... Еще-proclaimed Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) — who currently control the city — as the Iraqi army approach the area. He said, «Our humanitarian colleagues say that thousands of civilians are expected to flee from Iraq’s Tal Afar and surrounding communities during the Iraqi military operation, which began yesterday, as they try to retake the area from Da’esh.» Citing Humanitarian Coordinator Lise Grande, Dujarric went on to report, «Families have walked for up to 20 hours in extreme heat to escape Tal Afar, which is running out of food and water.» According to the reports, the Humanitarian Response Plan for Iraq has received less than 50 percent of the funding that they requested for 2017. On Sunday, Iraqi forces began an operation to liberate the northwestern city of Tal Afar from IS, who have been in control of the city since 2014. More than 100,000 people are expected to leave the besieged city in light of the military operation.
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