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Kabul Investigates Reports Iran Deported Afghan Refugee Children

KABUL -- Afghanistan’s Foreign Ministry says the government is investigating reports by a human rights group suggesting Iran has been deporting Afghan refugee children.

Afghanistan’s Independent Human Rights Commission had said on May 278 that more than 1,000 Afghan children have been forcibly deported by Iranian authorities since the beginning of April.

The rights group said the children were forcibly taken from streets, shops, and markets in different Iranian towns, where they lived with their families.

The commission claimed that Iran seeks to use the deportation of minors as a tool to put pressure on Afghan refugee families to leave the country.

More than two million Afghan refugees have fled to neighboring Iran over the past three decades.