Number of people fleeing ongoing crisis in Iraq "increasing rapidly"

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This family fled the fighting in Mosul, Iraq, and are close to the Khazair checkpoint. They hope to stay in Erbil city until it is safe to return home. Photo: UNHCR/R. Nuri

The number of people displaced by the ongoing crisis in Iraq is "increasing rapidly" according to the UN humanitarian office, OCHA.

An estimated 1.2 million Iraqis have fled their homes.

Iraq continues to suffer from instability and violence as Islamic militants battle the Iraqi army for control of the country.

More than 1300 have been killed and a similar number injured over the last three weeks.

Stéphane Dujarric is the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

"Concerns for the displaced are mounting, in particular for those unable to reach areas under Kurdish control, where humanitarian organizations are more easily able to access them. Lack of security in areas with large scale displacements such as Mosul, Tal Afar, Tikrit and on the road south to Baghdad continues to hinder assessments and delivery of aid."  (21″)

In other developments, the UN Children's Fund, UNICEF reported that it has received a million doses of polio vaccine to expand immunization efforts in Iraq's Kurdistan region.

The supplies will help UNICEF, and the World Health Organization, as well as local authorities launch a joint campaign targeting some 800,000 children under the age of five early next week.

Daniel Dickisnon, United Nations

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