ARA News

Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan– Looking for a safe haven, more than 600 Syrian Kurds entered the Iraqi Kurdistan territory through the Simalka border crossing on Thursday.

The refugees were then taken by buses to the Pajda Kendala refugee camp in Duhok province, which is allocated for receiving new refugees who will be transferred to other camps in the next few days, according to new procedures introduced by the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG).   

Recently, several Kurdish populated areas in northern Syria saw a state of tension which led to the emigration of more civilians to Iraqi Kurdistan.

The emigration came due to the continuous clashes between the Kurdish forces of the Popular Protection Units (YPG) and the Qaeda splinter group of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in Kurdish areas near Kobane, Tel Abyad and Efrin cities.

As some of the families crossed the borders into nearby Turkish territories, the majority of Syria’s Kurds prefer seeking refuge in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.  

Jiwan Yusuf, a former political prisoner and founder of Sawa Youth Coalition, commented on the recent influx of Syrian families into Iraqi Kurdistan saying: “The discriminative policies which the ruling Baath Party failed to implement over the past half century is being now calmly implemented, as Kurdish residents have been forced to evacuate their areas.”

Speaking to ARA News, Yusuf emphasized the danger which Syria’s Kurdish areas face amid wide displacement movement among civilians.

“Our areas are being gradually evacuated of its inhabitants, which forms a serious threat as possible demographic changes seem to happen,” Yusuf told ARA News. “A propaganda spread earlier that Syria’s Kurds are among winners in this revolution; however, the long-term consequences of the current conflict seem to hold a new dark era for the Kurdish people.”  

Noteworthy, more than 300.000 Syrian Kurdish refugees reside in Iraqi Kurdistan and are distributed in six refugee camps, in the suburbs of Duhok, Erbil and Sulaymaniyah provinces.


Reporting by: Azad Jamkari

Source: ARA News


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