Iraqi Kurdish migrants end up in Al-Nusra Front prison

On 2 June, seven Iraqi Kurdish migrants were handed over to Al-Nusra Front militias by Turkish authorities after being caught by a Turkish police boat on the Black Sea. The migrants were using the boat in an attempt to reach Romania and then Germany.

During their investigation into the incident, Ari Jalal, Chairman of the Iraqi Refugee Federation, learned that the Iraqi-Kurdish migrants had introduced themselves as Syrian citizens from Qamishlo city and therefore they were deported to Syria where they ended up in an Al-Nusra prison.

“Smugglers told migrants if they introduce themselves as Syrian citizens, the Turkish police will release them, but this is another misleading trick used by smugglers, so I tell Kurdish migrants not to do so,” Jalal said.

The seven migrants, who were from Erbil, Sulaimaniya, and Garmyian, fell into Al-Nusra’s hands at the Bab al Hawa border crossing between Turkey and Syria, 50 km northeast of Aleppo.

Jalal demands that the Iraqi and Kurdistan governments intervene to rescue the migrants

because their lives are in real danger now.

According to a statement from the Iraqi Refugee Federation from last year, Turkey deported hundreds of Iraqi Kurdish migrants to Syria because they gave false information about being Kurdish Syrians. The Iraqi Refugee Federation, in cooperation with security forces, has returned many of them to the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.

According to the latest statistics from the Iraqi Refugee Federation and reported by NRT, more than 65,000 Iraqi citizens left the country to seek asylum in 43 countries around the world between June 2017 and June 2018 and the bodies of 59 Iraqi migrants who lost their lives during their journey have been returned.

TMP – 17/07/2018

Photo caption: An Italian rescue ship

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