Thousands of Syrians stopped at Iraqi Kurdistan border

2,500 Syrians crossed Syria-Iraqi border at Peshkhabour since its reopening on Sunday but no crossing during last two days, UNHCR spokesperson said.

Thousands of Syrians stopped at Iraqi Kurdistan border

World Bulletin / News Desk

Some 2,500 Syrians passed through Iraq's Kurdistan region after the crossing point reopened on Sunday. However, there were no arrivals via the Peshkhabour crossing by Tuesday morning, the UN noted on Tuesday.

"Several thousand Syrians gathered at the opposite side (of the Iraq's Kurdistan region) on Monday and Tuesday morning but so far no one has crossed, " UNHCR spokesperson Melissa Fleming said in a press conference on Tuesday at the UN Office in Geneva.

Fleming noted "the Syria-Iraqi border at Peshkhabour opened and 2,519 Syrian crossed by barge on Sunday afternoon.

"Border crossing points between the Kurdistan region of Iraq and Syria have been closed since mid-September in the wake of an exodus of some 60 thousand Syrians. Aid workers and local authorities worked overnight Sunday to process the group," Fleming remarked.

"The travellers from Syria must use small barges which carry about 10-30 persons and take about 20 minutes to cross from Silmelka, on the Syrian side of the river," Fleming stated.

Fleming highlighted "While there were no arrivals via the Peshkhabour crossing on Monday, by Tuesday morning several thousand Syrians had gathered at the opposite side but so far no one has crossed."

210 thousand registered Syrian refugees in Iraq

At present there are 13 refugee camps for Syrians or transit sites located in the Kurdistan region of Iraq.

"Iraq hosts 210 thousand registered Syrian refugees," Fleming said.

Fleming also added that "the new displacement adds to the over one million internally displaced people inside Iraq that fled their homes mainly from Baghdad, Diyala and Ninewa governorates amidst the 2006-2008 secterian violence."

"We call on all countries to open their borders for refugees. It is also an obligation," Fleming said.

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