Evacuation of Iraqis from Syria to their homes will be after Eid al-Fitr

The Iraqi government has again promised to evacuate its citizens who want to return, having sought refuge in northern and eastern Syria. The Iraqi Ministry of Human Rights and Refugee Affairs has renewed promises to repatriate its citizens after Eid al-Fitr.

Approximately 40 thousand and 875 Iraqis are living in al-Hol camp, among refugees and families of mercenaries who have come to the Autonomous Administration areas of North and East Syria since 2015, after Daesh mercenaries controlled large areas of Iraqi territory, following the military battles Syrian Democratic Forces launched against Daesh in Syria.

Iraqis who wish to return to their homes continue to suffer with the Iraqi government, amid repeated promises by the government to evacuate their citizens from camps in the Autonomous Administration in northern and eastern Syria, especially al-Hol camp near the Iraqi border, 45 km east of al-Hasakah.

Iraqi refugee Zeinab Awad from the Iraqi province of Anbar is 47 years old, standing in front of the information room on flights from al-Hol camp to Iraqi territory, holding her child's hand. "Brother, we would like to return to our country. Since almost two months, applied to return but the management of the camp says that the Iraqi side so far did not open the way to our return to our homes, and we call for flights to Iraq."

The Autonomous Administration in northern and eastern Syria through the management of al-Hol camp met last March with the Iraqi Ministry of Human Rights and Refugee Affairs. The ministry indicated at the meeting that the government had agreed to open the way for Iraqi refugees to return to their homes. But no trips from the camp to Iraq have been initiated, according to the co-chair of the camps of al-Hasakah canton Majida Amin.

On the other side of the camp, the 27-year-old Iraqi refugee Mohammed Shukr from Salahuddin province, a child clothing vendor who displays them on the wall of the United Nations in the camp and sells them to camp's residents, he appealed to the Iraqi government to look into the situation of refugees who would like to return home, and to return to the Iraqi territory.

The wheelchair-bound old woman waiting for a UN food basket, about 80-year-old Dallah Mohammed Hussein, is wiping away her tears, which flowed as she began to talk to our agency correspondent, "I have no one here to take care of me in the camp. I would like to go back to my country where my relatives are."

"The number of Iraqi refugees in al-Hol camp has reached 40,000 and 875 Iraqis, and the number of people who have visited the registration offices on return flights to Iraq is close to 2,000," said Majida Amin, all their actions are done, and we await the Iraqi government to open the way for the return of those wishing to return and conduct the flights and hand them over the Iraqi border through the United Nations to the Iraqi Ministry of Human Rights and Refugee Affairs.

The head of the Middle East region of the International Committee of the Red Cross, Fabrizio Carboni, said in March 11 that approximately 20 thousand Iraqi refugees who are in the Syrian territory are expected in the next few weeks to return, especially those in the camp of al-Hol under an agreement with the Iraqi government in Baghdad.

During her meeting with ANHA correspondent in the camp, Majida Amin noted that the Iraqi government has recently been in contact with the administration of al-Hol camp and has promised to return its citizens to Iraq.

The Autonomous Administration of northern and eastern Syria has spared no effort to coordinate with the concerned Iraqi authorities and the United Nations to return Iraqi refugees to their homes, especially after the Iraqi government's victory announcement over Daesh mercenaries in December 9, 2017, and the return of most of Iraq's geography to the control of the Iraqi army, in an attempt by the Autonomous Administration to relieve the pressure on the camp, which now houses more than 73 thousand displaced people and refugees.



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