After risking their lives to escape ISIS in Mosul, a total of 4,266 Iraqi civilians have arrived in Syrian Kurdistan since the begging of May.
AhlulBayt News Agency - After risking their lives to escape ISIS in Mosul, a total of 4,266 Iraqi civilians have arrived in Syrian Kurdistan since the begging of May.
The UN reported that the new Iraqi refugees are now located in the Al-Hol camp located 14 kilometers from the Iraqi border in Syria’s northeastern province of Hasaka, where Syrian Kurds are in control.
UNHCR, the UN refugee agency, is working with local NGO partners to provide humanitarian assistance to the new arrivals, most of whom are without adequate shelter, sanitary facilities and medical care.
Since delivering aids to these refugees is not possible by land, the UNHCR has organized five planned airlifts of emergency items such as tents and blankets from Jordan to Qamishli in the far north of Hasakah.
Many refugees said they had to engage smugglers to make the journey from Mosul, which typically took between two days and a week travelling through IS-held territory and dodging frontlines to reach Kurdish-controlled areas of Hasakah.
UNHCR’s Representative in Syria Sajjad Malik said the agency was doing everything it could to provide assistance to Iraqis seeking safety in Syria.
“We are very concerned as many people are being forced to flee fighting, risking their lives and going through extreme hardship just to reach safety in remote areas. We stress the importance of granting safe passage to all civilians fleeing war and conflict in search of safety,” he said.