Dying on way to a refugee camp in Iraqi Kurdistan



ARA News

Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan − A Syrian Kurdish citizen lost his life in an accident while heading by bus along with other Syrian refugees from Dohuk province to a newly installed camp in the suburb of the city of Sulaymaniyah in Iraqi Kurdistan.

The traffic accident resulted in the death of a man as others were seriously injured, eyewitnesses said.

It was nearly six thousand people (unofficial statistic) of Syria’s Kurds had entered the territory of the Kurdistan region of Iraq during the past two days through the Semalka crossing, as their lives reportedly became “unbearable” after the blockade practiced on the Kurdish areas in Syria, especially after the constant attacks by Islamist armed groups against civil neighbourhoods in several Kurdish cities and villages.

According to eyewitnesses, all buses stopped −around twenty buses filled with Syrian refugees− to save the wounded who were taken to nearby hospitals.

The bus accident took place before reaching Sulaymaniyah by 100 km.

A source, preferred to stay anonymous, told ARA News that the refugees have been transferred to Sulaymaniyah camp after Domiz camp was completely filled and couldn’t receive any new comers; the fact that led the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) to open new refugee camps both in Erbil’s and Sulaimaniyah’s suburb. 

The source, who preferred to stay anonymous, said that other Syrian refugees may be transferred to the city of Agiri, to be spread there in the ancient citadel of the city that could accommodate approximately a thousand refugee.


Report by: Akhtin Asaad

 Source: ARA News

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