Agencies assist rising number of Syrians at refugee camp in Iraq

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Reuters/Afif Diab

Syrian refugees, March 2012

Hundreds of Syrian refugees are arriving at Domiz Camp in northern Iraq, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

The agency says there are nearly 3,000 Syrian refugees at the camp located in the governorate of Dahuk and local authorities estimate that over the next month up 7,000 more may arrive.

Chris Lom is IOM spokesman in Geneva:

"One of the major concerns of the refugees coming across has been educating their kids and the Dahuk authorities now actually allow Syrian kids to attend primary schools which is, of course, a very good development."

IOM and the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) recently assisted 98 newly arrived Syrian families at Domiz camp.

The agencies gave the families relief items including blankets, water filters, stoves, gas cylinders, mattresses, kerosene heaters and kitchen sets.

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