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Iraqi Parliament Speaker Salim al-Jabouri. Reuters

Baghdad- An official survey for the Iraqi Ministry of Displacement and Migration revealed on Wednesday that more than 9,000 civilians from Nineveh have been displaced since the beginning of military operations to liberate Mosul.

Chairman of the Committee on Displacement and Migration in the Iraqi Parliament Raad al-Dihilky warned from the catastrophic risks that could face Sunni areas that have witnessed the displacement of more than 4,000,000 citizens during the past three years due to the clear government negligence and the agendas that work on weakening these areas in all means.

The Ministry said in a statement that its last survey on displaced people showed that the number has amounted to 9,795 displaced people and 1,670 displaced families.

The statement added that the ministry is prepared to carry out necessary measures to house the displaced people and contain the displacement crisis, confirming that the ministry’s tents are enough for 250,000 displaced people.

In a common matter, Parliament Speaker Salim al-Jabouri said, during his visit to Kirkuk on Wednesday, that the reason why displaced people did not return to their homes yet depends on political aspects.

According to a statement issued from his office, Jabouri confirmed that the displacement case in national and no party should abandon its responsibility towards it.

Jabouri said that there are political and electoral aspects manipulating the feelings of those displaced and delaying their return to their areas, and “this is totally not acceptable.”

In a joint press conference with Dr. Najmaldin Karim Governor of Kirkuk, Jabouri commented that the province had welcomed a magnificent number of refugees the thing that affected the province, aids and necessary needs of the refugees should be provided as quickly as possible.

For his part, Karim stressed that the province had received more than half a million refugee, “some of them had chosen to return to their liberated areas but no one shall force others to leave Kirkuk.”

Regarding the refugees, Karim said that the province shall prepare aids as well for safe and decent places to live in, stressing that no one shall force the refugees to leave Kirkuk against their will.