Kur­dis­tan Re­gion takes strict se­cu­rity mea­sures

As Iraqi Sunni dis­placed fam­i­lies flood into Kur­dis­tan Re­gion amid se­cu­rity de­te­ri­o­ra­tions in the coun­try’s north­ern Sunni prov­inces, Er­bil Po­lice in­ten­si­fies se­cu­rity mea­sures.

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In the evening of Mon­day, June 9, 2014, the Is­lamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) mil­i­tants launched an as­sault on the city of Mo­sul in north­ern Iraq, took con­trol over most of the city and the Iraqi army with­drew any re­sis­tance.

Di­rec­tor of Er­bil Prov­ince Po­lice Depart­ment says they want to help the dis­placed fam­i­lies while still pro­tect­ing Re­gion’s se­cu­rity.

In the evening of Mon­day, June 9, 2014, the Is­lamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) mil­i­tants launched an as­sault on the city of Mo­sul in north­ern Iraq, took con­trol over most of the city and the Iraqi army with­drew any re­sis­tance.

These events led to the dis­place­ment of a large num­ber of Mo­sul res­i­dents into Kur­dish ar­eas. Only dur­ing the first 12 hours af­ter event, more than 10,000 people fled into Duhok Prov­ince. In Er­bil and Suleimaniya, people who had ac­quain­tances in Mo­sul, they have helped them to en­ter the Kur­dish ar­eas; the Kur­dish au­thor­i­ties have de­cided to con­struct camps for those dis­placed people who do not know any­one.

By end of last week more than 50,000 people had fled to­wards Er­bil, most of who were see­ing an exit rout to join their fam­i­lies and rel­a­tives in Bagh­dad and other south­ern prov­inces.

Kur­dish au­thor­i­ties and people are con­cerned about the pos­si­bil­ity of the in­flow of ter­ror­ists into the Re­gion among the IDPs to dis­tort the se­cu­rity and sta­bil­ity in the Re­gion.

Ab­dulkha­laq Talaat, Di­rec­tor of Er­bil Prov­ince Po­lice, says the people of Mo­sul are now in need of help and since they are neigh­bors with Kur­dis­tan and have a long his­tory to­gether, they have to help them.

Talaat says, how­ever, that de­spite this they have taken all nec­es­sary mea- sures to pre­vent the in­flow of any in­sur­gents into the Re­gion.

Ac­cord­ing to Po­lice Di­rec­tor, any­one who wants to en­ter Kur­dis­tan needs to be spon­sored and guar­an­teed by a lo­cal Kur­dish cit­i­zen.

This in­flow of IDPs from Mo­sul comes at a time that Kur­dis­tan Re­gion is al­ready home to more than 200 thou­sand Syr­ian Kur­dish refugees. This large num­ber of refugees has cre­ated a load on the re­gion and its econ­omy. Hence aid and sup­port from in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity is thought nec­es­sary to help the Kur­dish govern­ment in host­ing them.

Cur­rently the United Na­tions Refugee Agency UNHCR and the KRG are co­op­er­at­ing to solve the is­sues.

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