No com­bat troops to Iraq: Obama

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS -

in the con­flict, the top UN hu­man rights of­fi­cial urged that all fea­si­ble pre­cau­tions be taken to spare civil­ians from the ef­fects of hos­til­i­ties, and to re­spect, pro­tect and meet the ba­sic needs of civil­ian pop­u­la­tions.

"I am ex­tremely con­cerned about the acute vul­ner­a­bil­ity of civil­ians caught in the cross-fire, or tar­geted in di­rect at­tacks by armed groups, or trapped in ar­eas un­der the con­trol of ISIL and their al­lies," Pil­lay said. "And I am es­pe­cially con­cerned about the risk to vul­ner­a­ble groups, mi­nori­ties, women and chil­dren."

She also said hu­man­i­tar­ian ac­cess and the safety of aid work­ers are a "prom­i­nent con­cern given the un­pre­dictable na­ture of ISIL, and the man­ner in which it cre­ates in­se­cure and volatile en­vi­ron­ments, which hin­der ac­cess and the de­liv­ery of hu­man­i­tar­ian as­sis­tance."

Lo­cal au­thor­i­ties said 300,000 people have sought shel­ter in the Er­bil and Duhok gov­er­norates of Iraq's Kur­dis­tan re­gion, many ar­riv­ing with lit­tle more than the clothes they are wear­ing.

The UN refugee agency ( UNHCR) re­ported to­day that a short­age of shel­ter is a key chal­lenge for many of the hun­dreds of thou­sands of people who fled. "Many people have no money and nowhere to go," UNHCR said in a news re­lease. The UN agency is work­ing with the govern­ment and other part­ners to pitch tents and pro­vide re­lief items such as plas­tic sheets and hy­giene kits. UNHCR spokesper­son Adrian Ed­wards said the rate of new ar­rivals to the Kur­dis­tan re­gion has slowed over the last day or so, but "the sit­u­a­tion re­mains fluid with fight­ing con­tin­u­ing on sev­eral fronts and fur­ther dis­place­ment could take place."

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