Baghdad: Iraq's Kurdish region has received up to 9,000 Syrian refugees looking to flee their homeland following ongoing violence, Xinhua quoted a Kurdish official as saying.
"The camps, which prepared for Syrian refugees crossing the (Syria-Kurdistan) border, continue receiving increasing numbers of refugees," Mohammed Abdullah, head of the directorate of Immigration and Immigrants of Kurdistan's Duhuk province, said Saturday.
"Till today we have received 9,000 of them," he added.
The Kurdish regional government in cooperation with international and some local humanitarian organisations are offering various aids to the refugees who are mostly Kurds coming from Syria's Kurdish cities adjacent to the Iraqi Kurdistan region.
On Friday, the central government in Baghdad expressed its inability to receive Syrian refugees because of the poor logistics and security situation in the Iraq.
Syria has been wrecked by bombings and violence against civilians since March 2011, when anti-government protests began. The unrest has claimed thousands of lives.
First Published: Sunday, July 22, 2012, 11:13