Thousands of Iraqis flee after clashes erupt in besieged town

3 May, 2022
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Thousands of Iraqis flee after clashes erupt in besieged town

The army and local Iraqi Kurdish officials said that thousands of people have fled a town in northern Iraq amid violent clashes between the army and a militia linked to a Kurdish separatist group.



Many Yazidis were displaced from Sinjar during the ISIS offensive in 2014, and today they are preparing for another round of violence and displacement after returning to their homes only a few years ago. Officials said that at least 3,000 people had left the city of Sinjar and its surroundings and headed north. Towards the semi-autonomous Kurdish region to seek asylum. They left when clashes escalated on Monday between the Iraqi army and the Sinjar Resistance Units, an armed group with links to the Kurdistan Workers' Party (Turkish).

Bir Dayan, director of the Migration and Crisis Response Department in Dohuk Governorate, in the Kurdistan region of Iraq, said that most of the displaced were distributed in the camps of the Kurdish region, and the Kurdistan Regional Government formed a committee to deal with the new situation.


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