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Hundreds of Afghan refugees return from Shiraz

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Thirteen buses and four trucks have returned some 500 Afghan refugees to their homeland from the Fars Province in southern Iran during the past week, IRNA reported on 6 February, citing the head of the provincial Bureau of Alien and Foreign Immigrant Affairs. Mahmud Musavi said more than 27,900 refugees have returned to Afghanistan since the launch of the UN-backed Voluntary Repatriation Program. That program envisages the repatriation of some 400,000 Afghan refugees by the end of March, however, out of an estimated total of 2 million, according to IRNA. AH
IRANIANS OPEN HEALTH CENTER IN AFGHANISTAN'S HERAT PROVINCE

The Iran Clinic was inaugurated in Herat Province on 6 February, Mashhad radio reported. The 30-bed clinic has two operating rooms, a laboratory, and a radiology room and is intended to serve the inhabitants of Herat. This is not the only example of Iranian assistance to the Afghan health sector. Afghan Public Health Minister Sohaila Sediq visited Iran in mid-December, and an Iranian health delegation went to Kabul at the end of December. The Iranian Red Crescent Society opened a clinic in Nimruz Province on 25 October, according to Mashhad radio. Nimruz Province Governor Karim Barahowi said at the time that work on the clinic began one year earlier, and the clinic provides emergency services and disease treatment. BS

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