Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) Over 13,000 displaced civilians have returned back to their homes in Mosul, the Iraqi Ministry of Migration and Displacement announced on Friday.
“The ministry’s field teams repatriated 13,378 persons from camps to their regions in Mosul via buses allocated by the ministry in cooperation with Transportation Ministry and the Joint Operations Command,” according to Ali Abbas Jahakir, an official from the ministry.
“The displaced returned back to their regions at districts of al-Sukkar, Mesheirfa, al-Obour, Dendan, Zanjili, al-Quds, Mahlabiya, al-Tahrir, al-Hayy al-Sina’ie, al-Jadida, al-Shuhadaa, al-Kisk, al-Risala, al-Ma’amel, al-Tanak and Badush,” he said, indicating to more regions of al-Iqtisadiyeen, Hermat, al-Ghozlani, Abu Maria and others in Nineveh.
“Other groups of displaced people will return back over the coming two days to their liberated regions in Mosul,” he said. The ministry, according to Jahakir, “offers facilities to ease the repatriation of the displaced.”
Minister Jassem al-Jaff had previously announced return of 60,000 persons to the freed regions in Mosul, adding that the total number of returnees reached over 1.6 million persons.
Nearly three million people were displaced due to the war waged against Islamic State since 2014, when the militants emerged to proclaim a self-styled Islamic “caliphate” in Iraq and Syria.