Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced the official start of the offensive to retake Mosul from ISIS on 17 October 2016. Mosul could be the largest humanitarian operation this year. An estimated 1.5 million people could be displaced from the city and surrounding area by the offensive, with 200,000 displaced in the first weeks of the offensive.
Access to food for civilians that remain in Mosul throughout the offensive as well as post-offensive restoration and management of supply lines, market access and agriculture are of concern.
In response, the humanitarian community’s July appeal for USD 284 million to prepare for the Mosul operation has only recently begun receiving significant funds. The appeal has been revised to request an additional USD 83 million.