Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Syria to Accept 181 Arab PA Refugees From Iraq

(IsraelNN.com) The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), a UN refugee relief agency, said today that Syria has agreed to take in 181 refugees from Iraq who have been identified as "Palestinian" by Iraqis. The group has been living in tents on the Iraq-Jordan border for about a month, having fled the conflict in Iraq, but refused entry into Jordan.

UNHCR Media Relations and Public Information Officer William Spindler said, "The group had left Baghdad out of fear for their security." Those identified, or self-identified, as Palestinian in Iraq have been suffering persecution and vengeful attacks by their Iraqi neighbors, as the community is known to have been loyal to Saddam Hussein. They consequently enjoyed a privileged status under Hussein's regime.

Dozens more seeking refuge from Iraqi revenge attacks are reportedly making their way to the Jordan-Iraq border, encouraged by reports of the Syrian hospitality.


I was going to make a snide snaky remark, but what the hell, at least they got some help.


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