Over 14,000 Syrian refugees arrived in Kurdistan Region since October: KRG

The Kurdistan Region’s Ministry of Interior says 14,343 refugees have entered the region since Turkey’s military operation against Syrian Kurdish forces began on Oct. 9.

ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – The influx of refugees from northern Syria into the Kurdistan Region continues to increase, with over 14,000 arrivals since the start of October, the Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) Joint Crisis Coordination Centre (JCC) said on Sunday.

The JCC said 256 refugees from northern Syria arrived in the autonomous Kurdish region through Sehela on Sunday.

“They will be sheltered at the Gawilan Camp” in Duhok, the JCC wrote on Twitter.

On Saturday, another 256 arrived through Sehala, and were also sheltered at Gawilan.

According to statistics from the JCC, 14,343 refugees have entered the Kurdistan Region since Turkey’s military operation against Syrian Kurdish forces began on Oct. 9.

The KRG cabinet met last week to approve the establishment of a permanent humanitarian emergency response fund to deal with the thousands of refugees crossing into the region.  

The Council of Ministers approved Interior Minister Rebar Ahmed’s proposal for a plan to receive, house, and provide for the needs of those arriving.

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A day earlier, the governor of the Kurdistan Region’s Duhok province called on the United Nations, local, and international organizations to provide refugees with the necessary aid as winter approaches.

The current camps in the Kurdistan Region were built as a rapid response to the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and refugee crisis emanating from the rise of the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

Over the past few years, the Kurdistan Region has been home to 1.8 million IDPs and refugees who fled from Syria and other parts of Iraq. Nearly four million Iraqis were displaced when the terror group emerged in northern Iraq in mid-2014.