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Refugee arrivals to Iraq pass 7,000 mark in seven days

A refugee in Iraq holds her child

A recently arrived Syrian refugee mother and child at Bardarash camp in Duhok, Iraq. © UNHCR/Hossein Fatemi

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Andrej Mahecic  to whom quoted text may be attributed  at today’s press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

A week after first refugees crossed from northeast Syria into Iraq, the arrivals to northern Iraq continue. UNHCR, the UN refugee agency, teams on the ground report that of this morning more than 7,100 have arrived since last Monday. Most of them – just under 7,000 – are sheltered at the Bardarash refugee camp, some 140 kilometres east of the Iraqi-Syrian border.