Iraqi Kurdistan in emergency over Syria refugees

Iraqi Kurdistan in emergency over Syria refugees
Sun Aug 18, 2013 08:06:28

Iraq’s Kurdistan region has encountered an emergency situation as it is dealing with an arrival of Syrian Kurds, escaping from Takfiri militants.

A massive number of refugees have arrived in the region since Thursday, a report said on Saturday.

Recently an emergency refugee camp has been set up in Kawrugosk near Erbil, the capital of the Kurdistan Region.

Hawre Abdullah, assistant field officer at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), said there was an “emergency situation” in the camp, and called for intervention by the international community.

Al-Qaeda-linked militants started attacks on several Kurdish-majority areas in northern and northeastern Syria on Friday.

“We have no electricity no water and no food. We could not bring anything with us except our clothes,” said one of the refugees.

On Saturday, at least 18 people were killed after the foreign-backed militants attacked the Kurdish town of Ras al-Ain in the northeast of the country.

The war in Syria started in March 2011, when pro-reform protests turned into a massive insurgency following the intervention of Western and regional states.

More than 100,000 people have died in the foreign-hatched civil war and millions have been displaced.


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