On August 3 2014, the Islamic State (IS) occupied the city of Sinjar following armed clashes between IS and Kurdistan Peshmerga, resulting in hundreds of thousands of internally displaced persons (IDPs) fleeing the Sinjar district and the Ninewa plain to the Dohuk governorate in Kurdistan.
While figures are constantly, changing, UN reports estimate that in the week of August 4 - 11 alone, approximately 200,000 people were displaced as a result of armed conflict and insecurity.
The humanitarian crisis remains dire and the situation highly fluid. IOM is responding to life-threatening needs in this rapidly shifting environment in partnership with UN partners, external stakeholders, and local Kurdish authorities.
IOM continues to monitor real-time movements on the ground via our Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM), available online at http://iomiraq.net/dtm-page.
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