Safe, unhindered humanitarian access needed in Iraq: UN envoy

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Children share a small house with relatives in Turaq, Iraq.UN Photo/Bikem Ekberzade

Safe and unhindered humanitarian access is urgently needed in Iraq to deliver aid to and restore basic services for communities affected by the conflict.

The Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Iraq, Jacqueline Badcock, made the call on Thursday.

Expressing concern over the rising levels of violence and instability across the country, she urged for an end to the hostilities.

Stéphane Dujarric is the UN Spokesperson.

“So far, more than half a million people have been displaced since June, bringing the total displacement this year to 1.4 million people. Since the beginning of the year, an estimated 5,500 people have been killed, including almost 900 people in July alone.Ms. Badcock said that in many instances, basic public services, including health facilities, water supplies and power grids, have been targeted, worsening the humanitarian situation and access to people in need.

In recent weeks, the "Islamic State" (IS) and associated armed groups have taken control of several cities and regions in northern Iraq.

The groups are accused of gross human rights violations, some of which may amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity, including targeting and killing civilians.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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