UN declares highest level of emergency in Iraq

UN declares highest level of emergency in Iraq
Thu Aug 14, 2014 08:04:12

The UN has declared the highest level of emergency in Iraq as the Takfiri militants’ advance threatens minority groups in the country as the Security Council urged Iraq's new PM designate to form an inclusive government.

Haider Al-Abadi, in a UN Security Council statement, is asked “to work swiftly to form such a government as quickly as possible and within the constitutional time-frame” and called on “all political parties and their supporters to remain calm and respect the political process governed by the Constitution.”

Meanwhile, a “Level 3 Emergency” has been declared as the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) onslaught across much of the country’s north and west continues, threatening Kurdistan and its oil reserves. Up to 30,000 minority Christian and Yazidi people have fled to Mount Sinjar to seek safe-haven.

“Declaring the crisis in Iraq a ‘Level 3 Emergency’, which represents the highest level of humanitarian crisis, will help trigger more resources and expedite administrative procedures for the response”, said Nickolay Mladenov, the Special Representative for Iraq and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq.

UN minority rights expert Rita Izsak warned that refugees face “a mass atrocity and potential genocide within days or hours,” as they remained trapped on a mountain in northern Iraq.

“The situation of displaced people on Sinjar Mountain remains of critical concern, where tens of thousands of people are reportedly still trapped, with health conditions quickly deteriorating,” said UNICEF Representative to Iraq, Marzio Babille.

UNICEF is also trying to help some 12,000 displaced Christians in the Kurdish capital, Erbil. The UN estimates that more than 400,000 other Iraqis were forced to flee to the Kurdish province of Dahuk as ISIL began capturing vast territories since June. Overall a total of 1.5 million are now displaced after in June the terrorists captured Iraq's second-largest city of Mosul.

On Tuesday, the UN Human Rights office said it received “verified reports that ISIL is systematically hunting down members of minority groups who remain trapped in areas under their control and giving them the ultimatum, “convert or die,” stated Christof Heyns, UN Special Rapporteur.


string(905) "[{"id":"1622571","sort":"3243987","contenttypeid":"21","pic":"/2014/08/13/alalam_635435153830195569_25f_4x3.jpg","title":"Maliki to play crucial role in Iraq politics: PM-designate Abadi"} ,{"id":"1622572","sort":"3243988","contenttypeid":"21","pic":"/2014/08/13/alalam_635435163927083078_25f_4x3.jpg","title":"US sends more military advisers to Iraq’s Kurdistan"} ,{"id":"1622574","sort":"3243989","contenttypeid":"21","pic":"/2014/08/13/alalam_635435186121322516_25f_4x3.jpg","title":"UK deploys Tornado jets for surveillance mission in Iraq"} ,{"id":"1622618","sort":"3243990","contenttypeid":"21","pic":"/2014/08/13/alalam_635435316797356758_25f_4x3.jpg","title":"US ready to help new Iraq leader, Iran welcomes choice"} ,{"id":"1622714","sort":"3243991","contenttypeid":"21","pic":"/2014/08/13/alalam_635435491863901933_25f_4x3.jpg","title":"Iraq’s Maliki says won't quit without court ruling"} ]"