400 displaced people return to their homes in Tal Afar

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Nineveh ( Four hundred displaced people have returned to their homes in Tal Afar district in Nineveh, a local official said.

“One hundred families, made up of 400 people, have returned to their homes in Tal Afar district in Nineveh,” Haitham Ajamai, the director of migration department in Wasit governorate, told AlSumaria News on Thursday.

“Over 2,000 displaced families will return back to their homes during the coming period,” he added.

Earlier this month, Sattar Nawroz, a spokesperson of the Migration and Displacement Ministry said more than 55% of people displaced during the three-year war against the Islamic State militants returned to their home regions.

Iraqi forces, backed by a U.S.-led coalition and paramilitary troops, have been fighting since October 2016 to retake territories Islamic State had occupied. Since then, forces took back the group’s former capital, Mosul, the town of Tal Afar, Kirkuk’s Hawija, and Anbar’s Annah, Rawa and Qaim.

Iraqi authorities had unveiled plans to repatriate all refugees before this year’s end.

The surge in violence between armed groups and government forces has resulted in over 3 million internally displaced persons across Iraq and left more than 11 million in need of humanitarian assistance, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

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