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Syrian refugees pour into Iraq

Thousands of Syrian refugees have poured into northern Iraq taking advantage of a new bridge along the largely closed border, the United Nations said.

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Refugees poured into Iraq 'in a massive movement'

Thousands of Syrian refugees poured into northern Iraq "in a sudden, massive movement", the United Nations said.

On Friday, a spokesman for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees said:

Kurdistan remains relatively safe and stable, however tensions are increasing in view of the forthcoming elections and also to do with other domestic factors there. This does have impact on our (aid) delivery programme in Iraq, but nonetheless it is the region where most refugees have come into.

– Adrian Edwards, spokesman of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees

Overall the flow of Syrian refugees has dropped sharply since a peak earlier this year when 5,000 to 8,000 crossed every day into neighbouring countries, according to the UN.

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