IOM says 2.2 mn Iraqis internally displaced
GENEVA, Sept 7 (KUNA) -- A new report issued by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) says nore than 2.2 million Iraqis were internally displaced.
IOM spokesperson Jean-Philippe Chauzy said that data from Cluster F estimates that the number of persons displaced since the bombing of the Al-Askari Shrine in Samarra on February 22, 2006 to be 1,011,870 individuals.
This figure combined with the 1.2 million individuals who were internally displaced before February 22, results in a total of over 2.2 million Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Iraq to date, he said.
According to Chauzy, eleven out of fifteen central and southern governorates are now severely restricting the entry and registration of IDPs.
Cluster F is the Cluster for Refugees, IDPs, and Durable Solutions, of which UNHCR is coordinator and IOM is deputy coordinator.