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This is very worrying.
In a worst case, we envision that families who are already in trouble in Mosul will find themselves in even more acute need. The longer it takes to liberate Mosul, the harder conditions become for families.
Authorities are doing everything they can to help but there isn't sufficient trauma capacity at the field level to deal with the numbers of people being wounded by sharp-shooters and snipers and in crossfire. Civilians are being targeted by ISIL.
Civilians are not being caught in cross-fire, they are being targeted.
Those who are displaced have the right to decide when they return and where they are going to live. They cannot be expelled, this is why we are so worried of this particular precedent.
We are very concerned because we estimate that there are more than a million civilians inside the city. And any time there is a major attack there could be a major outflow of people.
Our expectation about when the major attack on Mosul itself will occur, it could be within the next days.
This does raise the question of where the men are.
The United Nations is very concerned about any action that could be understood as collective punishment.
Just a few hours after the announcement we understand that around 250 civilian families felt they had no choice but to leave.
Stabilizing Qayara can't wait – it has to happen now. Everything for the Mosul operation hinges on Qayara. It's the staging ground for military forces and it's where 350,000 of the 1 million people who are expected to flee (Mosul) will either find shelter or pass through.
There is also a major effort to stabilize Qayara. Hundreds of thousands of people who may flee Mosul are likely to come in this direction.
We understand that there could be accelerated plans for Mosul, and we don't know what those plans are, but we have to be ready for them.
People have run and walked for days. They left Falluja with nothing. They have nothing and they need everything.
We know that the government has its back against the wall fiscally. In order to stabilize areas and to help displaced families go back, we've got to do more.