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1.45 million Iraqis displaced

22 Aug, 2014

The UNHCR reports that the number of Iraqis displaced by the conflict this year has risen to 1.45 million, a fifth higher than its planning estimate:

As a result of the displacement triggered primarily by the advancement of armed groups in both northwest and east of Mosul city in and around the districts of Jalawla (Diyala) and Sinjar (Ninewa), since 3 August, the United Nations has increased its planning number of people displaced in Iraq to 1.45 million. This is an increase of 250,000 from the previous planning figure of 1.2 million.

The number excludes Iraqis displaced before this year and a Syrian refugee population of 225,000 located in the north of the country.