Security situation in the liberated eastern coast of Mosul has forced the UN to halt distribution of assistance to population as more than 46,000 persons have returned to their places after the victory achieved by the Iraqi forces over ISIS terrorist group.
Lisa Grandi, Deputy Special Representative of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) said if the security is still worsening, it will be difficult to continue the dispatch of assistance of the returnees in the liberated areas.
Some districts in the liberated parts of Mosul are still dangerous as ISIS left behind Improvished explosive devices (IED) in the residential areas, noting that some families decided to return to refugees camps to join as many as 154,000 people who are still there.
An Iraqi security officer said the attacks of ISIS drones are also hindering the progress of assistance convoys to the residents on the left bank of Mosul, asserting that the situation is very serious.
ISIS drones have shelled many hand grenades on the displaced people on their way home to their residenital places, spreading panic among returnees on their safety.
As military operations to retake western Mosul intensify, concerns mount that these operations may displace additional tens of thousands of civilians – beyond the 160,000-plus individuals currently categorized as “displaced” in the Mosul region after four months of combat.