700 Syrian refugees cross into northern Iraq

Kurdish Regional Government allowed 700 refugees into Iraq and say numbers could rise.

700 Syrian refugees cross into northern Iraq

World Bulletin / News Desk

At least 700 Syrian refugees crossed into Iraq with the permission of the Kurdish Regional Government, an official said.

"These people were waiting for nearly a month on the other side of the border," said Dr. Sevket Berbihari, who controls the Peshabur border crossing. "Until now 700 people crossed the border but the number can rise."

The Syrian refugees, many of whom were ill, were accompanied by Iraq’s Kurdish Regional Government and U.N. authorities.

According to the U.N., more than 100,000 people have been killed during the three-year conflict and more than 6.5 million people have been internally displaced. Over 2 million are now registered as refugees in the neighboring countries of Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan or Iraq.

Meanwhile, the vice Governor of Duhok Ali Adem called for international aid, as the number of Syrian refugees in Duhok province has now passed 120,000.

Last Mod: 27 Mart 2014, 16:35
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