Syrian refugees held in Iraq’s Mosul released

Central prison of Mosul, Iraq. File photo

ARA News

Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan – The Iraqi authorities released on Thursday evening the 27 Syrian Kurdish refugees who had been detained on the border line with Syria earlier in April, while trying to enter the Iraqi territory from the Rabia area.

Kerim Mirani, member of the Central Committee of the Kurdistan Democratic Party of Syria (KDPS) confirmed in an interview with ARA News that the authorities of the Iraqi Central Government released the detained Syrian Kurdish refugees from the central prison of Mosul province.

Mirani pointed out that the detainees have been subjected to humiliation and torture on the hands of the Iraqi forces in Mosul.

“members of the Iraqi security forced the Kurdish detainees to confess after being put under torture and psychological pressure that they are terrorists,” said Mirani.

“The Office of the KDPS in Iraqi Kurdistan pursued the issue in cooperation with the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), and the President Massoud Barzani intervened personally to release the detainees,” Mirani told ARA News.

According to Mirani, the released Syrian refugees will stay in Domiz Camp near Dohuk city, in Iraqi Kurdistan.

“The released refugees expressed their gratitude to the KRG and President Barzani for their efforts in releasing and hosting them,” Mirani added.

The 27 Syrian Kurds crossed the borders mid-April into Iraqi from Rabia border crossing in an attempt to reach Iraqi Kurdistan, but they were captured and detained by the security forces of the Iraqi Central Government.


Reporting by: Azad Jamkari

Source: ARA News

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