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Hundreds of Syrian Kurds seek refuge in Iraq

Hundreds of Syrian Kurds entered neighbouring Iraqi s Kurdish autonomous region on Wednesday, fleeing a Turkish invasion, an official said. On Wednesday, about 800 Syrian refugees entered Iraqi Kurdistan, said Rashid Hussein of the refugee authority for the autonomous Kurdish region. The new arrivals, mostly women and children, were being taken to Berdarch camp in Dohuk province, he told AFP, as the fighting in nearby northeastern Syria entered its second week. Iraqi Kurdistan previously hosted millions of Iraqis who fled fighting with Islamic State group jihadists who occupied much of the country s north between 2014 and 2017. Many of them are still housed in camps for the displaced. NGOs operating in the region said they had been on alert since Ankara launched its operation on October 9 against Kurdish militants, following an abrupt US withdrawal. On Saturday evening, 182 Syrian Kurds started crossing the border into Iraqi Kurdistan to escape bombardments in northeastern Syria , .


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