Nearly 1,700 Syrian Kurds seek refuge in Iraq

Geneva, Oct 18 (AFP/APP): The United Nations said Friday that nearly 1,700 people, most of them women and children, had fled fighting in northeastern Syria and crossed into Iraq in
recent days.

“For the fourth consecutive day, UNHCR has been receiving hundreds of refugees crossing the border into Iraq from northeast Syria,” UN refugee agency spokesman Andrej Mahecic told reporters in Geneva.

He first said that “over 1,600 Syrian refugees have been transported from the border areas to Bardarash refugee camp”, about 150 kilometres (90 miles) east of the Syria-Iraq border, adding though that another 734 people had been registered crossing the border overnight.

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Mahecic said the camp had “been prepped to receive the latest arrivals fleeing the fighting in northern Syria.”

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