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In one year, more than 100,000 civilians were displaced from Hawija

In one year, more than 100,000 civilians were displaced from Hawija

"Hawija’s residents fled as a result of practices and violations committed by ISIS in addition to being subjected to bombardment by the International Aviation Alliance on the residential neighborhoods because the ISIS elements are living between the residents” the observatory said.

 

 

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And added: 101,000 civilians were displaced from Hawija between August 2016 and September 2017.

"The majority of civilians who fleeing from Hawija district went to the villages that surrounding it, or to the center of Kirkuk through Khalid office gate at Tal Alward , which is a contact area between the Kurdish Peshmerga forces and ISIS organization” the observatory said.

"Hawija’s residents fled as a result of practices and violations committed by ISIS in addition to being subjected to bombardment by the International Aviation Alliance on the residential neighborhoods because the ISIS elements are living between the residents” the observatory said.

 The available figures indicate to the presence of more than 1,700 families from Hawija in the  Daqouq camp at  Kirkuk,  where the majority of the population of the judiciary fleeing from ISIS  in addition to displaced people from the Al Baaj district and some areas of Nineveh province” The monitoring network at the Iraqi Observatory for Human Rights said.

"Most of the fugitives from Hawija are being taken to Daqouq camp, the  camp is isolated from the world, so that officials can not be allowed to enter and follow the conditions of their residents," Zia Badralin, a lawyer from Hawija who lives in Kirkuk now said.

There is a continuous runaway status from Hawija. Some of them succeed and the families arrive to Kirkuk, while the others are fail, especially those in the direction of Baiji district or the areas of the Hamrin Mountains, where the fugitives are executed by a sympathetic organization or subjected to the bombing of the international coalition” he added.

"We escape from the Al- Abbasi in the middle of 2016, and we are looking forward to the start of the liberation of Hawija so that we can return to our areas and our natural lives," said Ghanem al-Obeidi.

"Some members of my family stayed there especially the elderly because we escaped using a bumpy road " he said.

Then he add: "Because of our escape, the organization attacked our house many times after they knew of our escape and attacked my family".

In a report issued on September 4, 2017, the Observatory called on all sides to abide by international humanitarian law and to prevent any violations of unarmed civilians during military operations.

 

"The security forces have completed their preparations for the start of the battle to liberate Hawija, and we are convinced that the operations will be launched before the end of the month,"  MP Khalid al-Mafraji said.

The Observatory renewed its call for all parties to abide by international law and international human rights standards and to prevent any violations against unarmed civilian, and stressed the need to facilitate the transfer of the escapees from Khaled's office to the camps and allow them to move freely after the completion of security procedures.

The Iraqi Observatory for Human Rights said that Principle 12 of the Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement provided for the right to liberty and security of person, no arrest or arbitrary detention, nor internment or detention of internally displaced persons in a camp.

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