Syrian Kurds flee to Iraq for safety

About 2,000 refugees have been sheltered in northern Iraq, many of them army defectors.

    A growing number of Syrian-Kurds are heading to neighbouring Iraq to escape the cycle of violence.

    The Iraqi government has set up a camp in the country’s semi-autonomous Kurdish north to cater for about 2,000 refugees, who hope to return to a new Syria with equal rights.

    Many of them say they are army defectors who opted to flee when they were ordered to shoot at civilians.

    Al Jazeera’s Jane Arraf reports from the Domez Refugee Camp.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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