Our satellite DEIMOS-1 keeps monitoring the oil wells ISIS set on fire last summer in the Qayyarah area, around 60 km. south of Mosul, Iraq. These fires forced the evacuation of many local families and still present a great threat to both the environment and the health of residents in areas around and inside Mosul. Even though they continue burning and spewing out toxic fumes into the atmosphere, the blazes seem to have reduced their intensity over this last month while Iraqi civil defense forces keep battling them.
According to a recent report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), since January 1st, 2017, over 13,000 recently internally displaced persons (IDPs) have departed Khazer and Hasansham camps to their places of origin in Mosul, Qayyarah, and Gogachly and 7,446 IDPs have been received in those camps during the same period.
In total, more than 159,000 people have been internally displaced from Mosul and its surrounding since the military offensive to retake Mosul from ISIS began on October 17th, 2016.