World Bulletin/News Desk
The UN refugee agency reported today that thousands of Syrians fleeing the conflict in their homeland have streamed into northern Iraq in a sudden movement across a recently constructed bridge.
Adrian Edwards, a spokesman for the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, UNHCR, told reporters in Geneva that, thousands of Syrians, mainly from Syria's largest city, Aleppo, were part of a "sudden, massive movement" into northern Iraq.
Edwards said, "Yesterday thousands of Syrians crossed into northern Iraq in a sudden massive movement. UNHCR field officers present who were there at the time described waves of people streaming over the recently constructed bridge at Peshkhabour. The factors behind this movement are not yet fully clear to us."
UNHCR staff saw "scores of buses" dropping people off on the Syria side. Iraq is already home to more than 150,000 refugees from Syria, where Kurds are the largest ethnic minority.
Edwards also said that "As of today 1,916,387 Syrians have fled the war and registered as refugees or applied for registration. Two-thirds of these have arrived this year. There are now more than 684,000 Syrian refugees in Lebanon, 516,000 in Jordan, 434,000 in Turkey, 154,000 in Iraq "(not including yesterday's arrivals) and 107,000 in Egypt."
The UNHCR also spoke of the plight of Syrian refugees in Egypt.
Edwars added, "We are watching the situation very closely, there are around 80,000 or so registered Syrian refugees in Egypt, I believe these are that it may be even closer to a quarter of a million. We are looking at protection needs trying to do what we can in a current very difficult situation for everyone."Güncelleme Tarihi: 18 Ağustos 2013, 11:44