Iraq to build second camp for Syrian refugees18/08/2012 14:48
ERBIL, August 18 (AKnews) – Iraqi authorities said the country has started building a second Syrian refugee camp to house all Syrian refugees.
Iraqi authorities decided to create the second camp in Qaem province, west Iraq, which is a border city with Syria.
Deputy Minister of Migration and Displacement Salam al-Khafaji said: "We began creating the second camp near the first one to transfer Syrian refugees from temporary centers."
Since the outbreak of violence in Syria more than 24,000 Iraqi refugees in the country have returned to Iraq and more than 30,000 Syrian refugees have entered Iraq.
The protests began in Syria in March last year and later turned to armed clashes between Bashar al-Assad's forces and protesters. Some 19,000 lives have been lost since the uprising began, according to human rights organizations.
By Raman Brusk