27.6.06

Iraq violence displaces 150,000: UN

Iraq violence displaces 150,000: UN:

The number of displaced people in Iraq has swelled by 150,000 since the bombing of a Shiite shrine in February pushed the country to the brink of civil war, a United Nations agency said on Tuesday.

The U.N. Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) put the number of displaced since late February higher than the 130,386 estimate of registered internal refugees given by the Ministry of Displacement and Migration on Monday.

'It is estimated that 1.3 million individuals are displaced inside Iraq, nearly 5 percent of the country's total population,' said a UNAMI statement.

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