UN humanitarian report on Iraq
Bernard Hibbitts at 1:32 PM ET
[JURIST] Thursday's Iraq humanitarian situation report is now available from the UN Office of the Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq. Highlights:
The security situation at the dividing lines between the centre/south and three northern governorates is unstable because of ongoing air attacks and reports of sporadic shelling. Elsewhere in the north the situation is calm. Schools remain closed but other social institutions are functioning. People continue to return to major urban centres and economic activity is increasing. ICRC, UN agencies and NGOs continue to provide assistance to the population in need.Read the complete text of the Iraq situation report from UNOSCI.
ICRC is negotiating cross border operations to bring humanitarian assistance to Baghdad. In the city, all hospitals are working, but health personnel are concerned with a possible increase in the number of war-wounded. ICRC, UNICEF and NGO staff are providing assistance and relief items to hospitals and child institutions. ICRC reconnected the pumping units and power control system of the water treatment plant serving southern areas of Baghdad, which now operates at 60% of its capacity.
In Basrah, water supply continues to be problematic. ICRC partially restarted the main water pumping facility serving Basrah city. Spare parts are needed to start the three remaining back-up generators. 50% of the city's 1.5 million inhabitants now have access to drinking water. Urban centres south of Basrah (Al-Zubayr, Safwan and Jabjud) have been disconnected from the water-supply network since last Friday and at present it is impossible to carry out repair work in these areas. WHO is pre-positioning 5 cholera kits to Kuwait for 50,000 beneficiaries. WFP agreed to deliver bread to Basrah as soon as the conditions allow.
UPDATE [3:24 PM ET]: A transcript of an additional UN humanitarian briefing from UN offices in Amman, Jordan, is now available.
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