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Syria Kurds Reach Deal On Return Of 31,000 Displaced Iraqis As Situation In Refugee Camps Continue To Deteriorate

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Syria Kurds Reach Deal On Return Of 31,000 Displaced Iraqis As Situation In Refugee Camps Continue To Deteriorate

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The Kurdish-led self-administration in northeastern Syria has reached an agreement with the Iraqi government that will allow more than 31,000 Iraqi citizen, mostly women and children, to return to their country, the France-Press Agency (AFP) revealed on April 11.

“A delegation from the Iraqi cabinet visited the autonomous administration to discuss the return to Iraq of displaced Iraqis, estimated to number 31,000, and an agreement was reached … So far 4,000 people have signed up and we are waiting for the Iraqi government to open up the Iraqi border to start,” Kurdish official Mahmud Kero told AFP.

According to Kero, those expected to return do not include suspected IS fighters being held in Kurdish-run jails. The Kurdish official said that they asked the Iraqi government to extend the deal and take back the suspected terrorists. However, Baghdad is yet to agree to this.

Tens of thousands of Iraqi civilians fled ISIS-held territory in Syria earlier this year as US-backed forces advanced to end the self-proclaimed caliphate. These civilians were placed in several camps in northeastern Syria, where they are suffering from deteriorating humanitarian conditions.

Head of the Russian Reconciliation Center in Syria, Maj. Gen. Viktor Kupchishin, revealed a day earlier that between 10 and 20 people are dying every day in the biggest camp, which is located near the town of al-Hawl in the eastern al-Hasakah countryside.

The camp, which was initially supposed to house no more than 20,000 residents, has now become home to over 74,000 people. The death toll among children there has climbed to 235 recently.

“In the past week, due to the lack of medicines, food and unbearable living conditions, seven children died in the camp,” Maj. Gen. Kupchishin said.

The deal with the Iraqi government will ease the suffering of the remaining civilians in the camp, but a full solution is still needed. Maj. Gen. Kupchishin said that Damascus is offering settlement schemes along with security guarantees to displaced Syrians. However, Kurdish forces and the US-led coalition are not cooperating.

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JHK

The (zionist backed) elephant in Syria.

Saddam Hussein

There is no such thing as a kurd, youre either Syrian, Iraqi, Turkish or Iranian.

Jens Holm

SDF might be better to use for Syria.

I hope You will write the same to the 4 countries naming them as Kurds even being all from Irans as well as the ones naming Turks as Mongolians.

I agree some updating is a must.

Smaug

The situation is even more complicated than can be covered in one article, despite South Front’s best efforts to blame everything on the US. https://soturian.blogspot.com/2018/12/the-republic-of-hate.html#!/2018/12/the-republic-of-hate.html

goingbrokes

Another concentration camp!!!
Even if US is not actually running it, they are responsible for allowing it to be created and continued in the first place!

Sinbad2

The Iraqis ran from the Americans not ISIS.

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