Baghdad,1 July 2016 - As a symbol of national reconciliation, the return of displaced Iraqis is a process of utmost importance to UNHCR. However, it requires conducive conditions on the ground. This is why UNHCR insists that the return process has to be carefully planned and carried out on the basis of the international humanitarian principles of voluntary, non-discriminatory, safe and sustainable returns.

27 June 2016: BAGHDAD – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is very concerned about the extremely dire conditions for more than 85,000 people who have fled the besieged city of Fallujah and its surroundings in Iraq’s Anbar governorate over the last month.

UNHCR is continuing to step up its help for displaced families from Falluja and surrounding areas.

On Wednesday 22 June a UNHCR team travelled to Al Khalidiya, around 30 kms from Falluja, where many newly-displaced families are sheltering.

UN Habitat Inaugurates Temporary Premises of Fallujah University in Baghdad

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On 23 June 2016, the temporary premises of Fallujah University, located inside the Veterinary College, Baghdad University in Abu Ghraib, were inaugurated. With the generous contribution from the Government of Japan, the temporary premises of Fallujah University were established by the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) providing 25 classrooms and 128 residential units that can accommodate 512 students, in addition to basic site infrastructure and an administration building. The project aimed at supporting displaced youth who bear enormous and long-lasting human, social and economic costs.

Baghdad, Iraq, 20 June 2016 – With the rapid influx of Internally Displaced Iraqis fleeing Fallujah and its surrounding districts to Ameriyat Al-Fallujah (AAF), Habbaniya (HTC) and Khaldiyeh cities, UNFPA is upscaling its response during the coming days aiming to support more than 85,000 IDPs, including an estimate of 18,000 internally displaced women and girls.

Baghdad, 20 June 2016 – The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq (SRSG), Mr. Ján Kubiš, congratulated on Saturday 18 June the Iraqi Government and people on resounding victories in the campaign for securing the liberation of the city of Fallujah.

Baghdad, 16 June 2016: WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean Dr Ala Alwan arrived in Baghdad today to review firsthand WHO’s response to the unfolding humanitarian crisis in Fallujah city, where more than 42 000 Iraqis have been displaced since the beginning of the military operations in the city in May 2016. Tens of thousands of besieged and displaced men, women, children and older people face major health risks as they lack adequate access to health services.

17 June 2016 - Updated 1pm, Iraq - After months of being unable to leave the city and living under siege, thousands of Iraqi families are currently fleeing the fighting in Fallujah via two main bridges, which were opened yesterday, 16 June. These displaced Iraqis join the more than 68,000 who already fled the city between 22 May and the morning of 16 June.

14 June 2016, Iraq - IOM is closely monitoring displacement from Fallujah in response to ongoing military operations in and around the city, which intensified on 22 May 2016.

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