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Over 91,000 Displaced by Fighting in Iraq’s Mosul: IOM

Over 91,000 Displaced  by Fighting in Iraq’s Mosul: IOM

GENEVA - A total of 91,404 men, women, and children have fled the Iraqi city of Mosul since military operations to reclaim one of the Islamic State (IS)'s last strongholds began in October, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said Monday.
Up from 81,108 a week ago, the latest figures from the organization revealed that over 15,200 families have been forced to flee their homes as a result of ongoing fighting in the northern city.
According to statistics, 76 percent of those displaced by military operations are living in formal camps.
A further 14 percent have taken shelter in private settings, while seven percent are at emergency sites, two percent in critical shelter arrangements, and one percent in screening areas.
Supported by Kurdish Peshmerga fighters, Iraqi troops kicked off operations on Oct. 17 to recapture the city which fell into IS hands in June 2014 after government forces fled, enabling IS militants to take control of parts of Iraq's northern and western regions. (Xinhua)