Kur­dis­tan wel­comes around 8, 000 Syr­ian peo­ple

The KRG and UN agen­cies rushes aid to the Syr­ian peo­ple seek haven in Kur­dis­tan Re­gion

The Kurdish Globe - - FRONT PAGE - By Salih Wal­ad­bagi

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.

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