Civilians safety in Mosul
Joint NGO statement after proclaimed liberation
28 non-governmental organizations remind all armed actors of their responsibility to protect civilian life and objects. Although the city of Mosul has been declared ‘retaken’ by the Iraqi government, civilians are still not out of harm’s way.
It could take weeks for Iraqi forces to regain full control over the city.
In the expected offensives in Hawija, Tal Afar, and western Anbar Civilian protection have to be prioritized in the implementation of military operations.
Over 1.75 million people are still displaced. Iraqi leadership and the international community have to support safe, voluntary, and dignified returns.
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