1100 refugee families return to Iraq from Syria

More than 1,000 refuge families have returned to Iraq from war-torn Syria, according to the Ministry of Migration and Displacement.


In a Saturday statement, ministry official Mohamed Iyad said 1,100 families have been relocated from al-Hawl refugee camp in northeastern Syria’s al-Hasakah province to northern Iraq.


There are around 7,000 Iraqi refugees residing in al-Hawl camp after fleeing the Daesh-held Nineveh province in western Iraq.


Iraq has suffered a devastating security vacuum since mid-2014, when Daesh captured Mosul — the country’s second largest city — and overran large swathes of territory in the northern and western parts of the country.


According to the UN, more than 3.4 million people — more than half of them children — are now internally displaced in Iraq.

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