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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
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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.


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