By John Lee.
Rudaw quotes an official as saying that internally displaced persons (IDPs) now make up 35 percent of the population of the Kurdistan region.
In a public meeting with Peter Maurer, the president of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Aram Sheikh Mohammed (pictured), the Iraqi parliament deputy speaker, said:
“According to data of September 2015, some 3.2 million people have internally been displaced in Iraq, and the Kurdistan region has adopted the majority of that figure, in the sense that they have made up 35 percent of the recent population of the region.”
He also claimed that an estimated 3.5 million people live in ISIS-held territories, and whenever they seize an opportunity, they “will definitely flee ISIS“.