"Deeply worrying" humanitarian outlook in Iraq

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Iraqis displaced from Ramadi District in Anbar Governorate. Photo: UN Iraq

The humanitarian outlook in Iraq remains deeply worrying, with the number of people in need of assistance having grown seven-fold in nearly one year, according to the UN.

Members of the Security Council were briefed on Thursday on the situation in Iraq, where violence continues to take what has been described as a "terrible toll" on the population.

Stephanie Coutrix reports.

Since June last year, the UN estimates that more than 15,000 people have been killed in Iraq.

The Head of the UN Mission there, Ján Kubiš told the Security Council that in meetings with a broad range of Iraq's leaders, he has heard major differences of opinion on how to solve the challenges the country is facing.

But he said there was a general consensus on how to successfully counter Iraq's common enemy—the so-called terrorist group ISIL.

"In the majority of my meetings with Iraq's political representatives, I have heard one message – a military solution alone will not be enough to defeat ISIL. For any military gains to be sustainable, the Government of Iraq must also restore the confidence if disaffected communities that they will assume a share in governing their matters, in the State's ability to ensure their protection from violence, to deliver justice, and create conditions for their fair participation in society."

Mr Kubiš added that as a priority, the Government needs to urgently continue taking measures to restore civilian responsibility for security and the rule of law in areas liberated from terrorists.

But he warned that the Government is having difficulty doing this on top of massive humanitarian needs.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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