More Lives in Jeopardy as Fighting Expands

Since the beginning of the year, the ICRC has:

  1. provided one-month food rations and other essential relief items for over 130,000 displaced people in 12 provinces, in such places as Baaquba, Ramadi, Al Ishaaqi, Dujeil, Hibhib, Msayyib Al Askari Kirkuk, Zummar, Qaratapa, Mandily, Suleiman Beg, Penjween, and Dohuk, and over 35,000 people were given blankets and winter clothing to cope with the severe cold
  2. supplied enough life-saving medical and surgical supplies to 12 health-care centres for treating more than 33,000 people (the delivery of emergency medical supplies from nearby Erbil to Kirkuk, when that city came under attack on 30 January, for example)
  3. completed key repairs to the water and electrical supply systems of the hospital in Fallujah, to ensure the functioning of that battered city’s main medical facility
  4. treated over 2,600 persons with disabilities at its physical rehabilitation centre in Erbil, and supported eight other centres in Iraq
  5. organized four training sessions for 110 health staff in Diyala and Baghdad provinces to strengthen their basic first-aid and life-saving skills
  6. continued trucking in water for displaced people, and repaired or upgraded nine water facilities – in fact, some of these were newly installed – in six provinces, in the towns of Saqlawiya, Al Madina Al Siyahiyyah, Rasheed, Kirkuk, Khanaqin and Jbeila, benefiting over 130,000 people
  7. visited eight prisons where more than 2,300 detainees were held, informed families – through more than 4,000 phone calls – about the procedures for visiting their loved ones in prisons, and passed written messages between the detainees and their families
  8. facilitated the exchange, between Iran and Iraq, of the identified sets of remains of 46 Iranian and three Iraqi soldiers
  9. provided expertise for creating Iraq’s national committee for international humanitarian law, to promote this body of law and compliance with it
  10. periodically conducted information sessions on humanitarian law and humanitarian principles for various communities, beneficiaries and armed forces and security forces personnel from Iraq and the Kurdistan region.

The ICRC's offices in Iraq are in Baghdad, Basra, Dohuk, Erbil, Kirkuk, Khanaqeen, Najaf, Ramadi and Sulaymaniyah.

For further information, please contact:

Ralph El Hage, ICRC Baghdad, tel: +964 0790 191 6927

Sitara Jabeen, ICRC Geneva, tel: +41 22 730 24 78 or +41 79 536 92 31

(Source: ICRC)

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