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US News 'We paid $2,000': Syrian refugees charged to cross Iraq border

08:50  23 october  2019
08:50  23 october  2019 Source:   news.sky.com

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© Thomson Reuters Turkey-backed Syrian rebel fighters hold the Syrian opposition flag at the border town of Tel Abyad, Syria , October 14, 2019. With rumors swirling that the Syrian regime was about to retake the border crossing between Syria and Iraq , CBS News rushed to get there.

Refugees fleeing Turkish forces are being charged hundreds of US dollars each to cross from Syria into Iraq , according to Sky sources. © Other More than 7, 000 Kurds have arrived at the Bardarash refugee camp in Iraq in a week. Pic: Helan Fahmi, Khalsa Aid International.

Kurds forced from their homes in northeastern Syria by Turkey's incursion are being denied entry into northern Iraq as the border crossing over the River Tigris has been closed.

People desperate to leave the country and claim refuge in Iraqi Kurdistan have resorted to smugglers to sneak them across another section of the border at night to get to a refugee camp 150km (93 miles) away, where more than 7,100 displaced Syrian Kurds have arrived in the past week, the UN said.

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One refugee , Rifaa, escaped the Turkey- Syria border town of Qamishli with her husband and three daughters. "There were dead bodies on the street," she We paid $ 2 , 000 for five people. We saved our lives but we suffered." Image: The refugees are taken from the border to the camp in Iraq by bus.

' We paid $ 2 , 000 ': Syrian refugees charged to cross Iraq border . Thousands of Kurds are escaping Syria as a Turkish ceasefire ends. They said both Turkey and Russia will help refugees return "in a safe and voluntary manner", but with no Kurdish forces in the area to protect them it remains unlikely

The passage comes at a price of up to $800 (£618) per person, UK-based NGO Khalsa Aid and the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) told Sky News.

There is also some suggestion soldiers at the border are taking a cut of the fee, but this cannot be verified.

a group of people around each other: NGOs have been providing drinking water and food to refugees at the Bardarash camp. Pic: Tom Peyre-Costa/NRC © Other NGOs have been providing drinking water and food to refugees at the Bardarash camp. Pic: Tom Peyre-Costa/NRC One refugee, Rifaa, escaped the Turkey-Syria border town of Qamishli with her husband and three daughters.

"There were dead bodies on the street," she told the NRC.

"We found a smuggler to bring us to Kurdistan and we gave them the amount of money they asked to save ourselves. We paid $2,000 for five people. We saved our lives but we suffered."

More than 166,000 people, mainly Kurds, have been forced from their homes in northeastern Syria after President Trump announced he was pulling US troops out of the region and Turkey started an incursion on 9 October against Kurdish soldiers - US allies who Ankara considers terrorists.

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Thousands of refugees from north east Syria have been fleeing for safety into the Kurdish region of Iraq , with numbers increasing as a ceasefire brokered " We found a smuggler to bring us to Kurdistan and we gave them the amount of money they asked to save ourselves. We paid $ 2 , 000 for five people.

Less than a week after the Kurdistan Regional Government authorities in northern Iraq opened access to the temporary Peshkhabour pontoon bridge north of

a group of people standing outside of a food truck: More than 7,000 Kurds have arrived at the Bardarash refugee camp in Iraq in a week. Pic: Helan Fahmi, Khalsa Aid International © Other More than 7,000 Kurds have arrived at the Bardarash refugee camp in Iraq in a week. Pic: Helan Fahmi, Khalsa Aid International Khalsa Aid founder Ravinder Singh said his team went to the border on Tuesday to provide food and clean water to the increasing number of refugees queuing at the border to get into Iraqi Kurdistan as a five-day ceasefire ends.

He said: "There are several rogue soldier and armed militia groups who are 'taxing' them to cross.

"Despite many being doctors, teachers, engineers - highly educated - some are unable to pay because they've had to flee their homes in Syria and have nothing, so are unable to cross."

a group of people standing in front of a crowd: Syrian Kurds are given female dignity packs at the Bardarash refugee camp in Iraq. Pic: Helan Fahmi, Khalsa Aid International © Other Syrian Kurds are given female dignity packs at the Bardarash refugee camp in Iraq. Pic: Helan Fahmi, Khalsa Aid International As they visited the border, Syrian President Bashar Assad, who considers the Kurdish-led Syrian Defence Force (SDF) terrorists, called Turkey's leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan "a thief who robbed factories, wheat and fuel and is today stealing territory".

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Syrian refugees being charged hundreds of dollars each to cross border into Iraq . Turkey wants to use the border zone to address one of its most pressing priorities - the return of Syrian refugees , camped in the south Next article ' We paid $ 2 , 000 ': Syrian refugees charged to cross Iraq border .

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Mr Singh and his Iraq coordinator, Sozan Fahmi, who is an Iraqi Kurd, said on Tuesday they witnessed 55 buses with about 40 people on each, taking refugees from the border to camps in Iraq.

He said roughly 700 refugees have been arriving each day but on Tuesday, the final planned day of a ceasefire brokered by the US, the numbers have increased dramatically, despite day-long security checks at the border.

a man standing in front of a bus: The refugees are taken from the border to the camp in Iraq by bus. Pic: Helan Fahmi, Khalsa Aid International © Other The refugees are taken from the border to the camp in Iraq by bus. Pic: Helan Fahmi, Khalsa Aid International Many of the refugees, who the UN says are mostly women and children, have walked or hitchhiked more than 400km (250 miles) to get to Iraq as they fear there will be no Kurdish soldiers to protect them from Turkish forces and Islamic State militants.

Ms Fahmi added: "The Kurds are used to war but having to flee your home is horrifying, especially as this isn't the first time for many.

"There is a man at the camp who told us he had to run from his home and could only save three of his children - he couldn't get his wife and son out quick enough.

"They then saw their neighbours' home get blown up, with the family inside."

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Over 7,100 refugees arrived in Iraq from Syria within seven days, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said on Tuesday, as Turkish forces targeted Kurdish regions after the U . S The people crossed from northeast Syria into Iraq between last Monday, Oct.

Syrians who fled across the Peshkhabour border into Kurdistan in northern Iraq walk towards a makeshift reception center. "As of this morning, a further 2 , 000 -3,000 people were reported waiting close to the Syrian side of the border , and expected to cross today," he said.

She added that on Monday they had just finished giving out female dignity packs, containing underwear, sanitary pads, soap and shampoo, when a family with young children arrived and asked for warm clothes.

a man and a woman sitting on the ground: Rifaa escaped Syria and paid smugglers $2,000 for her, her husband and three daughters to get into Iraq. Pic: Tom Peyre-Costa/NRC © Other Rifaa escaped Syria and paid smugglers $2,000 for her, her husband and three daughters to get into Iraq. Pic: Tom Peyre-Costa/NRC "It's winter here now and lots of these people fled in just t-shirts so they really need warm clothes and it's only going to get colder," she said.

Medical NGO Medecins Sans Frontieres is also at the camp, and its doctors said most people arriving only have minor physical issues but the majority have "signs of depression and anxiety".

Doctors are also concerned about diarrhoea outbreaks caused by people drinking unclean water on their journey and at the border.

As refugees continued to flee their homes in Syria, the presidents of Turkey and Russia agreed to a "safe zone" 19 miles (30km) from the border in which no Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) fighters, considered terrorists by Turkey, will be allowed.

Mr Erdogan and Russian president Vladimir Putin said they would help refugees return "in a safe and voluntary manner", but with no Kurdish forces in the area to protect them it remains unlikely refugees will want to return.

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Syrian refugees are crossing the border and entering in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq . They are then being hosted in reception centres by Kurdish authorities before being transferred to Bardarash camp in Dohuk governorate where they will receive humanitarian assistance. Since the eruption of violence on

Syrian Kurds on the Iraqi side have said passage was being made difficult by the YPG Kurdish “ We took the measure to avoid a crisis among travellers, to avoid the crossing getting too busy,” he said Refugees there have been housed by authorities in the Bardarash refugee camp, originally set up in

a group of people sitting in front of a crowd: Refugees wait at a reception centre near the Iraq-Syria border. Pic: Alan Ayoubi /NRC © Other Refugees wait at a reception centre near the Iraq-Syria border. Pic: Alan Ayoubi /NRC As the meeting took place Syrian President Assad said he was ready to support any "popular resistance" against Turkey's invasion and has offered clemency to those who had joined the Kurdish-led Syrian Defence Force, which his government considers secessionists.

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