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Tue May 31 00:15:42 SAST 2016

U.N. asks for $861 million to fund Iraq humanitarian needs

Reuters | 31 January, 2016 13:34
A displaced woman receives humanitarian supplies at Basirma refugee camp in Arbil, north of Baghdad
A displaced woman receives humanitarian supplies at Basirma refugee camp in Arbil, north of Baghdad, November 9, 2015. The United Nations is expecting huge numbers of civilians to flee when Iraqi forces mount an offensive to retake the city of Mosul from Islamic State militants. It is not clear when Iraqi forces will be ready to attack the northern city. Picture taken November 9, 2015.
Image by: REUTERS/azad lashkari / REUTERS

The United Nations made an appeal on Sunday for $861 million to help Iraq meet a funding gap in its 2016 response to the humanitarian crisis caused by the war against Islamic State.

Baghdad, whose revenues have fallen as oil prices have plunged, has said it will manage to fund less than half of its $1.56 billion plan to assist some 10 million people in need.

"With the expanding needs, the allocation through the federal budget will not be sufficient. We expect that the highly prioritised (U.N.) Humanitarian Response Plan will help cover part of the gap," Minister of Migration and Displacement Jassim Mohammed al-Jaff said in a statement.

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