Iraqi refugees face tough conditions
Hundreds of Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) have taken refuge in Kirkuk city after their towns and cities were overrun by ISIL terrorists.
Some of the IDPs are said to have been short of time to get their basic needs during the lighting advance by ISIL.
Many others complained about how they were treated by Kurdish Peshmerga forces at checkpoints.
“ISIL militants attacked our homes in Anbar (province) so we fled to Salah al-Din province. But then Salah al-Din caught fire too,” said an Iraqi IDP, adding, “When we came here Peshmerga troops wouldn’t let us pass.”
However, Sarhad Qader, the city’s police chief, said his forces were doing their best to provide humanitarian aid to the IDPs, adding that fight with ISIL was their highest priority.
“We are carrying out intensive interrogations to make sure no terrorist enters Kirkuk in the guise of a refugee. We are doing our best in helping out refugees but our priority is countering ISIL terrorists,” Qader said.
Earlier in the day, UN High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres said he was frustrated with the skyrocketing number of refugees in Iraq.
“There will not be a humanitarian solution for the Iraqi crisis. There is no humanitarian solution for the Syrian crisis,” Guterres said at a closed briefing in the capital Baghdad.
The crisis in Iraq escalated after the ISIL terrorists took control of Mosul, in a lightning advance on June 10, which was followed by the fall of Tikrit, located 140 kilometers (87 miles) northwest of the capital Baghdad.
More than one million people have been displaced in Iraq so far this year, according to the United Nations.
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