Middle East

Erbil hospitals overwhelmed by refugees

Doctors feel strain of hundreds of thousands fleeing civil war in Syria and Islamic State violence in Iraq.

Last updated: 17 Aug 2014 19:09
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback

In some parts of northern Iraq, people who have fled from the ongoing fighting between government forces and the Islamic State group, now outnumber its residents.

In Erbil, the city has to contend both with the Syrian refugees who escaped the civil war in their country, and the latest Iraqi refugees from areas overran by the Islamic State. 

The situation is putting a strain on local services, while leaving hospitals and clinics overwhelmed.

Al Jazeer's Jane Arraf reports from Erbil.


Al Jazeera
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
Topics in this article
Featured on Al Jazeera
An innovative rehabilitation programme offers Danish fighters in Syria an escape route and help without prosecution.
Street tension between radical Muslims and Holland's hard right rises, as Islamic State anxiety grows.
Take an immersive look at the challenges facing the war-torn country as US troops begin their withdrawal.
Ministers and MPs caught on camera sleeping through important speeches have sparked criticism that they are not working.
More than 400 gaming dens operate on native lands, but critics say social ills and inequality stack the deck.
The Palestinian president is expected to address the UN with a new proposal for the creation of a Palestinian state.
Nearly 1,200 aboriginal females have been killed or disappeared over 30 years with little justice served, critics say.
Ethnic violence has wracked China's restive Xinjiang region, leading to a tight government clampdown.
Malay artists revitalise the art of puppeteering by fusing tradition with modern characters such as Darth Vader.