Published: 2017-07-19 18:47
Last Updated: 2017-07-19 18:47
The humanitarian implications of the battle for Mosul have exceeded the “worst case scenario”, according to Lise Grande, United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq.
She clarified that the UN had prepared three possible scenarios for Mosul’s residents last year, likely, best case, and worst case.
The likely scenario was that 450 thousand residents would be displaced from the city. The worst case scenario predicted practical effects on 1 million residents, with around 750 thousand displaced.
“In reality, the worst case scenario was exceeded by the logistical end of the fighting, with 940 thousand people displaced.”
Grande stressed that the priority right now is in providing humanitarian aid to the residents still in Mosul’s historic old city, which saw the most violent fighting during the battle.