Iraq's Kurdistan in emergency due to Syrian refugees

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Iraqi Kurdistan region has faced an emergency situation as it is dealing with an influx of Syrian Kurds, who have managed to escape from Takfiri militants, Press TV reports. According to the report on Saturday, a massive number of refugees have arrived in the region since Thursday. Recently an emergency refugee camp has been set up in Kawrugosk near Erbil, the capital of the Kurdistan Region. Hawre Abdullah, assistant field officer at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), said there was an "emergency situation" in the camp, and called for intervention by the international community. Al-Qaeda-linked militants started attacks on several Kurdish-majority areas in northern and northeastern Syria on Friday. "We have no electricity no water and no food. We could not bring anything with us except our clothes," said one of the refugees. On Saturday, at least 18 people were killed after al-Qaeda militants attacked the Kurdish town of Ras al-Ain in the northeast of the country. Syria has been gripped by deadly unrest since 2011. According to reports, the Western powers and their regional allies -- especially Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey -- are supporting the militants operating inside Syria. According to the United Nations, more than 100,000 people have been killed and a total of 7.8 million of others displaced due to the violence.

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