Kurdistan welcomes around 8, 000 Syrian people
The KRG and UN agencies rushes aid to the Syrian people seek haven in Kurdistan Region
Around 750 Syrian people have crossed Tigris River at Peshkhabour and entered the Kurdistan Region territory. It followed by a huge crowd on the region of 5, 000 and 7, 000, Kurdish and international news agencies report. The UN refugee agency stated a few days ago that thousands of Syrian refugees fled their homeland toward Kurdistan seeking a haven, and the Region saw a sudden and unexplained influx over the past two years.
It is said that the huge crowd and influx of the mostly Syrian refugees came after conflicts between the Kurdish armed political parties and the Islamic extremist groups linked to alQaeda.
Following the suspicious report about massacre of the Kurdish people by al-Nusra Front in Syria, the Kurdish leaders in Kurdistan Region formed an investigation committee to look into the truth of the reports. The Kurds have tried to stay sideline in the civil war in Syria, striving to rule their own towns and affairs.
According to the International news agencies, there are still a thousand people are waiting in the Syrian border to cross into Kurdistan territory.
Among the refugees are children, women and elderly, the UN says. The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and the aid agencies rushed food and water to the side.
The KRG and the aid agencies tried to build a camp away from the border to settle the new arrivals.
"The factors allowing this sudden movement are not yet fully clear to us," UNHCR spokesman Adrian Edwards told reporters. "Both the Syrian and Iraqi sides of the frontier at Peshkhabour are normally tightly controlled."
A Kurdish member of Kurdistan Parliament, Sarwar Abdurrahman, told VOA Kurdish that the KRG has to lend a hand to the Syrian Kurds. He also stated that the affairs if the border should be organized. Regarding the security situation of the border, he added that Kurdistan Parliament dedicated a large amount of budget for security reasons, and the government should try maintaining security.
However, a few days ago Kurdistan President, Massoud Barzani, issued a statement saying that if the reports of the massacre of the Kurdish people are right then the KRG might intervene to protect Kurds in Syria.
Following Barzani’s statement, the US administration advised President Barzani to avoid interference in the Syrian Kurdish affairs.
According to the United Nations, Iraq hosts more than 160,000 registered Syrian refugees, most of whom are Kurds.