Briefing notes 17 Feb 1998
In response to questions it was explained that the Turkish Kurdish refugee population of some 6,800 people, who had been encamped at Ain Sufni, 20 kms southeast of Dohuk, abandoned the site and moved deeper into Iraqi territory. The group is currently stranded in a strip of no man's land between the territory controlled by Kurdish groups and Iraqi government controlled territory. The reasons for the movement are not entirely clear but it seems to have occured because of rising tension in the area. Most of the refugees were prevented from entering Iraqi government controlled territory. The refugees have enough food to last them for about a week. If food runs out and they continue to be stranded, UNHCR will try and supply them with food. UNHCR has been encouraging these refugeees to go to alternative settlement sites in Northern Iraq.
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