Sunday, March 23, 2003

Iraq Crisis
Iran to provide services for Iraqi refugees

Iran is planning to provide services for the Iraqi refugees fleeing a devastating war on their country by the US and British military troops. IRNA reported that relief providing teams have been established in the cities of Marivan and Baneh in the vicinity of Iraqi territory to set up camps for the war refugees. Marivan is the location of two war refugees of "Dazli" and "Bahram Abad”. It is predicted that a protracted war would unleash a refugee influx of between 500,000 to 1.2 million towards Iranian borders. Iran is still following a "closed door" policy towards the influx of likely Iraqi refugees but Iranian officials have promised to extend relief to the refugees if their lives are on the line. The UNHCR chief said the UNHCR and Iran would set up 10 refugee camps on the no man's land near the border with Iraq for settling 200,000 to 250,000 possible refugees, mostly southern Iraqi Shiites.Click here to see more pictures of casualties.

(posted by Iman)

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