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Iraqi Yazidis fleeing militants reach camp in Syria

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Iraqi Yazidis fleeing militants reach camp in Syria

In Northwest Iraq, a large number of Yazidis have reached the Newroz camp in the Syrian Kurdish town of Malikiya. They are fleeing from the Sinjar mountain chain, after militants from the Islamic State group occupied their nearby villages. They arrive with nothing other than the clothes on their backs, exhausted, from a long and treacherous journey.

The refugee camp is located some 20 miles (32 kilometres) from the Iraqi border. It is struggling to maintain basic standards, and they are expecting thousands more refugees to arrive at the camp, requring tents, medical attention and food.

According to Doctor Hazhar Abdullah Ahmed of the Kurdish Red Crescent, people are severely dehydrated and are suffering from wounds inflicted by the long journey.

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