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In Pictures: Iraqis flee to Kurdistan Region
Thirty thousand have fled Mosul after its seizure by rebels - many heading to the Kurdistan Region and refugee camps.
Last updated: 03 Jul 2014 12:08
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Since the Islamic State, formerly known as ISIL, seized Mosul earlier this month, long-standing sectarian and regional rifts permeating Iraq have galvanised and created a landscape that many now worry is irrevocably fragmented. Iraqis on all sides - Shia, Sunni, Baathist, Kurdish, and Turkmen - have taken up arms and mobilised armed groups in order to defend what they see as theirs and take what they have long wanted.

While the rapid advance of the Islamic State fighters has been successful - besieging Mosul, storming Tikrit, and consolidating border crossings - the drive has been largely directed southward, towards Baghdad. Both because of this focus, and because of the presence of a well-trained Kurdish armed force, the semi-autonomous Kurdish region has remained largely stable, and even bolstered, after the capture of the long-contested, oil-rich city of Kirkuk. 

This stability has drawn an estimated 300,000 of the 500,000 people the UN estimates fled Mosul when the rebel fighters surged into the city. Many have taken up residence in the homes of family, hotels, or even schools. Thousands, however, have been kept from entering the Kurdistan Region, unable to show proof of either a sponsor or family in Iraqi Kurdistan - stipulations required by the Kurdish government to enter. 

Hundreds of families have amassed along the Kurdistan Region's periphery and camped out in temporary tent settlements the Kurdish Regional Government has erected. Khazer camp, situated halfway along the road between Erbil and Mosul, currently holds roughly 1,300 people.

Fleeing ongoing reciprocal skirmishes between the Islamic State and the Kurdish Peshmerga forces and growing fears of sectarian violence at the hands of the Islamic State, many civilians continue to arrive daily. With no sign these dynamics will change anytime soon, thousands more Iraqis may soon find themselves on the run.


/ Mackenzie Knowles-Coursin/Al Jazeera
An elderly Iraqi woman is carried to the registration point of Khazer camp.


/ Mackenzie Knowles-Coursin/Al Jazeera

A young Iraqi boy rides a bike through Khazer. Over 1,500 people have temporarily settled in the camp since the fighters from the Islamic State seized Mosul, with more arriving daily.



/ Mackenzie Knowles-Coursin/Al Jazeera

Civilians who have fled their homes in Mosul wait to register at Khazer camp, situated along the road between Erbil and Mosul.



/ Mackenzie Knowles-Coursin/Al Jazeera

A young displaced boy carries water across the dusty grounds of Khazer camp.



/ Mackenzie Knowles-Coursin/Al Jazeera
A father cradles his child as he waits to register for entrance into Khazer camp.


/ Mackenzie Knowles-Coursin/Al Jazeera

Displaced Iraqis fill water jugs at a water distribution point in Khazer camp.



/ Mackenzie Knowles-Coursin/Al Jazeera

An Iraqi girl who, along with her family, is staying at Khazer after fleeing the armed group in Mosul.



/ Mackenzie Knowles-Coursin/Al Jazeera

Peshmerga forces stand watch over Khazer camp. "When Peshmerga are not close, [the Islamic State] will be there," says one displaced civilian staying at the camp with his family.



/ Mackenzie Knowles-Coursin/Al Jazeera

A guard at Khazer camp directs anxious civilians back to their tents after shots were fired at a nearby checkpoint run by Peshmerga forces.



/ Mackenzie Knowles-Coursin/Al Jazeera

A young Iraqi boy looks at a Kurdish Peshmerga fighter as his vehicle is stopped at a checkpoint on the road leading to Erbil, capital of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.



/ Mackenzie Knowles-Coursin/Al Jazeera

Kurdish Peshmerga forces stand alert along the perimeter to Khazer camp after shots were fired at a nearby checkpoint.



/ Mackenzie Knowles-Coursin/Al Jazeera

Civilians wait in the back of a truck after traffic has come to a standstill at a checkpoint in Erbil. Fleeing the approach of armed rebels, hundreds of families waited at the checkpoint leading into Erbil to enter the relative safety of the Kurdish region.



/ Mackenzie Knowles-Coursin/Al Jazeera

A young Iraqi boy waits in the back of a pickup as he and his family head to Erbil. Over 300,000 have fled Mosul, Iraq's second largest city, with most heading towards the relative safety of Kurdistan.



/ Mackenzie Knowles-Coursin/Al Jazeera

Men wait with their cars near the front of a line at a petrol station on the outskirts of Erbil. A massive fuel shortage has led to queues lasting eight to ten hours in order to buy fuel.



/ Mackenzie Knowles-Coursin/Al Jazeera
Young girls sleep in the back of the truck as they wait to pass through the checkpoint to enter Erbil.



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A young Iraqi boy rides a bike through Khazer. Over 1,500 people have temporarily settled at the camp since ISIL seiged Mosul, with more arriving daily.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Northern_Iraq/slideshow/no-caption/c0ad396c9496d327b67e5b4370117ee1 Mackenzie Knowles-Coursin/Al Jazeera

A young Iraqi boy rides a bike through Khazer. Over 1,500 people have temporarily settled at the camp since ISIL seiged Mosul, with more arriving daily.

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Civilians who have fled their homes in Mosul wait to register at Khazer camp, situated along the Erbil Mosul road.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Northern_Iraq/slideshow/no-caption/04f63e6f5346acd278826403fb246523 Mackenzie Knowles-Coursin/Al Jazeera

Civilians who have fled their homes in Mosul wait to register at Khazer camp, situated along the Erbil Mosul road.

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A young displaced boy carries water through the dusty grounds of Khazer camp.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Northern_Iraq/slideshow/no-caption/5426378715d738d76c7c0f01bb67e498 Mackenzie Knowles-Coursin/Al Jazeera

A young displaced boy carries water through the dusty grounds of Khazer camp.

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An Iraqi girl who, along with her family, is staying at Khazer after fleeing the armed group ISIL in Mosul.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Northern_Iraq/slideshow/no-caption/780f131df572f9b720e5157aa5dc664b Mackenzie Knowles-Coursin/Al Jazeera

An Iraqi girl who, along with her family, is staying at Khazer after fleeing the armed group ISIL in Mosul.

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Peshmerga forces stand watch over Khazer camp. 'When Peshmerga are not close, they [ISIL] will be there' says one displaced civilian staying at the camp with his family.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Northern_Iraq/slideshow/no-caption/1ffcea2efe563ec5a4492ca279b04fb0 Mackenzie Knowles-Coursin/Al Jazeera

Peshmerga forces stand watch over Khazer camp. 'When Peshmerga are not close, they [ISIL] will be there' says one displaced civilian staying at the camp with his family.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Northern_Iraq/slideshow/no-caption/195b2223ffcf52d8fe6fd14e3756a626A guard at Khazer camp directs anxious civilians back to their tents after shots were fired at a nearby road checkpoint run by Peshmerga forces.http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Northern_Iraq/slideshow/no-caption/195b2223ffcf52d8fe6fd14e3756a626 Mackenzie Knowles-Coursin/Al Jazeera A guard at Khazer camp directs anxious civilians back to their tents after shots were fired at a nearby road checkpoint run by Peshmerga forces. http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Northern_Iraq/slideshow/no-caption/b5274a69836a1162b6ce56800ba4d717A young Iraqi boy looks at a Kurdish Peshmerga fighter as his vehicle is stopped at a checkpoint on the road heading towards Erbil, the Kurdish Regional Capital.http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Northern_Iraq/slideshow/no-caption/b5274a69836a1162b6ce56800ba4d717 Mackenzie Knowles-Coursin/Al Jazeera A young Iraqi boy looks at a Kurdish Peshmerga fighter as his vehicle is stopped at a checkpoint on the road heading towards Erbil, the Kurdish Regional Capital. http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Northern_Iraq/slideshow/no-caption/f8911480f32aa590d2cdbc09266a7b44Kurdish Peshmerga forces stand alert along the perimeter to Khazer camp after shots were fired at the nearby checkpoint.http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Northern_Iraq/slideshow/no-caption/f8911480f32aa590d2cdbc09266a7b44 Mackenzie Knowles-Coursin/Al Jazeera Kurdish Peshmerga forces stand alert along the perimeter to Khazer camp after shots were fired at the nearby checkpoint. http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Northern_Iraq/slideshow/no-caption/19cdee0a550acf36eede0b8667839289

Civilians wait in the back of a pickup after traffic has come to a standstill at a checkpoint for Erbil. Fleeing approaching armed rebels, hundreds of families waited at the checkpoint to enter the relative safety of the Kurdish region.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Northern_Iraq/slideshow/no-caption/19cdee0a550acf36eede0b8667839289 Mackenzie Knowles-Coursin/Al Jazeera

Civilians wait in the back of a pickup after traffic has come to a standstill at a checkpoint for Erbil. Fleeing approaching armed rebels, hundreds of families waited at the checkpoint to enter the relative safety of the Kurdish region.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Northern_Iraq/slideshow/no-caption/07877b8c5df12fc861b05dd49b9957c2

A young Iraqi boy waits in the back of a pickup as he and his family head to Erbil. Over 300,000 fled Mosul, Iraq's second largest city, with most heading towards the relative safety of Kurdistan

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Northern_Iraq/slideshow/no-caption/07877b8c5df12fc861b05dd49b9957c2 Mackenzie Knowles-Coursin/Al Jazeera

A young Iraqi boy waits in the back of a pickup as he and his family head to Erbil. Over 300,000 fled Mosul, Iraq's second largest city, with most heading towards the relative safety of Kurdistan

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Northern_Iraq/slideshow/no-caption/1d9756d1530bb9814063ee18cd415e2a

Men wait with their cars near the front of a line at a petrol station on the outskirts of Erbil. A massive fuel shortage has led to ques lasting 8 to 10 hours in order to buy fuel.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Northern_Iraq/slideshow/no-caption/1d9756d1530bb9814063ee18cd415e2a Mackenzie Knowles-Coursin/Al Jazeera

Men wait with their cars near the front of a line at a petrol station on the outskirts of Erbil. A massive fuel shortage has led to ques lasting 8 to 10 hours in order to buy fuel.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Northern_Iraq/slideshow/no-caption/2b06b3ba252632c7b9c16f4b9fb125bdYoung girls sleep in the back of the truck as they wait to pass through the checkpoint to enter Erbil.http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Northern_Iraq/slideshow/no-caption/2b06b3ba252632c7b9c16f4b9fb125bd Mackenzie Knowles-Coursin/Al Jazeera Young girls sleep in the back of the truck as they wait to pass through the checkpoint to enter Erbil.


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