Syrian Kurds call for UN support amid influx of refugees

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Iraqi refugees at the border with the Syrian Kurdish region-Rojava. Photo: ARA News

ARA News 

Qamishli – The Northern Syria – Rojava (NSR) self-administration has asked the UN to provide short-term assistance. The aid would be used to help those fleeing from the Islamic State (ISIS) and into a growing number of displacement camps.

The de facto autonomous region has struggled in recent weeks to care for a massive influx of refugees from Mosul city and internally displaced persons (IDPs) from Raqqa and Deir ez-Zor Governorates.

“The number of refugees from Mosul has been increasing in Rojava [Syria’s Kurdish region],” Redur Khelil, the People’s Protection Units’ (YPG) spokesman, said on Sunday. “We need urgent help from the UN and other relevant organizations.”

The Kurdish official also reported an increase in the number of IDPs fleeing from ISIS-held areas in Syria into NSR cantons.

“The self-administration can’t deal with this crisis due to the ongoing embargo,” the YPG spokesman said. “[We] need an international campaign.”

Syrian Kurds have been providing a safe haven for thousands of refugees, mostly Arabs who have fled violence and starvation in the would-be Caliphate. The UN’s refugee agency and a few NGOs have been supporting the refugees in Northern Syrian – Rojava but their resources are limited.

“When the Mosul liberation operation started, civilian refugees began fleeing the brutality of terrorism in Mosul. [They] have arrived in Rojava, mainly in al-Hawl,” Aldar Xelil, co-chair of the Democratic Society Movement, said last week. “Tens of thousands of Iraqi refugees are expected to arrive.”

Reporting by: Wladimir van Wilgenburg | Source: ARA News 

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