UN opens second camp in Iraq to respond to influx of Kurdish refugees from Syria

Thousands of refugees have arrived in Iraqi Kurdistan since the beginning of October, according to the UN.

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The UN on Saturday opened a second camp in Iraqi Kurdistan to greet Kurdish refugees fleeing northeastern Syria, while the former arrived at saturation with 11,000 refugees.

"About 11,000 refugees were settled in Bardarach camp, reaching maximum capacity, so we drove 310 refugees from Syria today to Gawilan camp."said Rachid Hussein Rachid, spokesman for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Iraqi Kurdistan.

The Gawilan refugee camp already hosts 1,850 Syrian families who have arrived since the start of the war in Syria in 2011, but a new section has been added to accommodate new arrivals, he said.

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Fewer refugees on Saturday

Since Ankara and his Syrian counterparts launched an operation against the Kurdish militia of the People's Protection Units (YPG) in north-eastern Syria on 9 October, the number of refugees has steadily increased. in Iraqi Kurdistan border.

For several days, more than a thousand refugees arrived daily in Iraqi Kurdistan.

Saturday, they were significantly fewer, notes Rachid, because the forces of the regime of Bashar al-Assad who have deployed in northeastern Syria under an agreement with the Kurds, prevent the passage of refugees to Iraq.

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