Iraqi refugee camp evacuated, UN says

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Refugees fleeing from Iraqi violence have been moved to Sulaymaniyah province and Erbil, says UNHCR

Refugees fleeing from Iraqi violence have been moved to Sulaymaniyah province and Erbil, says UNHCR

GENEVA – The United Nations has confirmed that a refugee camp in Makhmour town in northern Iraq has been fully evacuated.

Speaking at a press conference at UN Geneva office today, UNHCR spokesman Adrian Edwards said that the majority of refugees have been sent to Sulaymaniyah province and Erbil, and sheltered in schools and mosques.

Edwards added that at least 1,700 families resided in the camp, which was relocated on August 6.

Makhmour, north of Mosul and close to the border with Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region, was attacked repeatedly last week Thursday until it was captured by militants from the Islamic State movement.

Makhmour town is also home to 12,000 Turkish Kurds.

Last week, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Besir Atalay said that Turkey is setting up a new refugee camp to house 20,000 Iraqi Turkmens near the northern city of Duhok.

Over a million civilians have been displaced so far amid the ongoing clashes in the north and west of Iraq.

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