Aug 21 2013
By Dalya Ahmad
Azzaman, August 21, 2013
The Iraqi government has allocated $15 million as part of an aid package for the Syrian refugees who have fled violence in their own country to the Kurdish north, Displacement and Migration Ministry has said.
“The central government is ready to cooperate in order to solve problems of Syrian refugees in Kurdistan,” Deputy Minister Salam al-Khafaji said.
Khafaji said the government would see to it that the needs of the refugees were met “as the issue concerns one people and one nation.”
“The government has allocated $15 million for the Syrian refugees in Kurdistan. The sum will be withdrawn for the government strategic reserve for emergencies,” Khafaji said.
He said his ministry has been helping with tents, water and other necessities.
More than 30,000 Syrian Kurdish refugees have fled to northern Iraq in the past few days, bringing the total number of Syrian refugees in the autonomous Kurdish region to 120,000.
Kurdish regional government says the numbers are too many for it to handle. Special camps are being set up in the three Kurdish provinces to house the refugees.
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