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300,000 Flee Homes in Northern Iraq

An stimated 300,000 to 450,000 people have fled their homes in northern of Iraq. Most of the displaced people had fled the cities of Kirkuk, Erbil and Dahuk.
Source: Agence France-Presse (AFP)
Date: 22 Mar 2003

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More than 300,000 people leave homes in northern Iraq: UN

GENEVA, March 22 (AFP) - An estimated 300,000 to 450,000 people have fled their homes in northern of Iraq, the United Nations said in its latest humanitarian situation report on Iraq obtained on Saturday.

Most of the displaced people had fled the cities of Kirkuk, Erbil and Dahuk to head to Sulaymaniya in the northeast of the country, according to the UN Office of the Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq.

Some people had left Sulaymaniya but were now returning to their homes, the report said.

However, an estimated 85 percent of Dahuk's 120,000 inhabitants had deserted the city to stay in villages further east.

The report, released in Geneva, was dated March 21. "IDP (Internally Displaced People) movements in the north continue," it said.

"It is estimated that 90 percent of the internally displaced people are staying with relatives and are not in need of immediate assistance," the UN added.

The report also indicated that people were largely unable to flee into Kurdish rebel controlled areas in the north.

"The government of Iraq checkpoints are closed, therefore movement to the three northern governorates from the centre/south has come to a virtual halt," it said.

The report gave no indication of any fighting in the north.

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