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Thousands of People will Flee from Hawija at the Military Operations Begin

Thousands of People will Flee from Hawija at the Military Operations Begin

“Tens of thousands of civilians are trapped in Hawija, and ISIS organization intends to use them as human shields to protect them when the military operations began” the observatory said.

 

 

4/9/2017

 

The Iraqi Observatory for Human Rights said that thousands of civilians in Hawija province and its affiliated villages are at risk of the ISIS organization, and warns from violations that may be occur against civilians during the province restore’s military operations from the organization.

As well as tens of thousands of civilians are trapped in Hawija, and ISIS organization intends to use them as human shields to protect them when the military operations began.

 “85,000 civilians will be run away at the military operations began to restore the Hawija district from ISIS, and it is imperative that the Iraqi authorities and international and local organizations provide the necessary assistance to help fleeing civilians and give humanitarian assistance to those who are trapped” the observatory added.

According to the monitoring network at the Iraqi Observatory for Human Rights, the number of civilians inside Hawija are between 80 and 95 thousand civilians and all of them are at high risk,  including the lack of safe corridors that may help them to pass the dangerous areas, or use them as a human shields.

And according to the statistics of the observatory, the total population of Hawija province is 291099 people until 2016 including the center of the judiciary has 119815 people, and three areas: Al-Abbasi has 54100 people and Al-Riyadh district has 60023 people and Al-Zab district has 57161 people.  

According to the observatory, the Hawija’s displaced persons are entered through Khaled's office point in Tal al-Ward and after strict security checks by the local authorities and the Peshmerga transferred to Daqouq camp or camps in Lailan district.

"During July and August, the ISIS organization forced some families to take up arms and fight with them, and ISIS  agents also planted IEDs in the streets and detained some civilians near their headquarters" Hawija’s residents said.

And another sources inside the judiciary said: "Since July 2017,"ISIS"elements have executed and arrested at least 50 civilians from Hawija on various charges, such as communicating with the security forces."

According to the sources, "On 24 August, some of ISIS members  burned eight civilians, including a child after they tried to escape from Hawija province".

 

The Iraqi Observatory for Human Rights said that "protecting civilians through military currencies is a top priority, and the military authorities have a responsibility to protect them and take the necessary measures to reduce the danger of ISIS organization".

The Iraqi Observatory for Human Rights calls on all parties to abide by international humanitarian law and to prevent any violations against unarmed civilians.

"The third Principle of the Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement holds national authorities, primarily within their jurisdiction, the duty and responsibility of providing protection and humanitarian assistance to internally displaced persons" The Iraqi Observatory for Human Rights said.

The Observatory said that the Iraqi government should take measures that facilitate the provision of assistance to displaced people, open safe corridors to escape from the foundations of the organization, and give utmost importance to children and women who have been severely affected the during previous battles.

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