Thousands of Iraqis have fled the violence in the country's north to the oil-rich governorate of Kirkuk. Some 300,000 Iraqis have sought shelter in Iraq's comparatively peaceful Kurdistan region over the past week as Sunni fighters swept through towns in a lightning offensive.

Al Jazeera's Hoda Abdel-Hamid reports from the Kurdish region of Iraq.

Source: Al Jazeera