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Syrian Kurds Flee To Iraq By The Thousands

Some 30,000 Syrian Kurds have crossed into Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region in the past week, according to the UN refugee agency. Many of the refugees say they are fleeing threats from the Al-Nusra Front, a Sunni rebel group fighting the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The Kurds arriving in Iraq at the Peshkhabour border crossing are registered and receive humanitarian aid before being transported to makeshift refugee camps in the Kurdish region. (Photos by Abdel Khaleq Sultan of RFE/RL's Radio Free Iraq)

Kurdish refugees wait on the Iraqi side of the border after arriving from Syria.
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Kurdish refugees wait on the Iraqi side of the border after arriving from Syria.

Refugees receive food and water in the border village of Sihela, in Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region.
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Refugees receive food and water in the border village of Sihela, in Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region.

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Emergency aid packages are thrown to the crowd.
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Emergency aid packages are thrown to the crowd.

UN officials are describing the recent flight of Syrian Kurds as one of the biggest outward migrations of Syria's civil war.
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UN officials are describing the recent flight of Syrian Kurds as one of the biggest outward migrations of Syria's civil war.

Children seek shelter from the sun.
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Children seek shelter from the sun.

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After being registered near the border, the refugees are transported to camps in Irbil and Sulaymaniyah provinces, both in the autonomous Kurdish region.
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After being registered near the border, the refugees are transported to camps in Irbil and Sulaymaniyah provinces, both in the autonomous Kurdish region.

Part of an earlier wave of refugees, a child carries supplies at the Domeez refugee camp in Iraq's Duhok Province on July 4.
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Part of an earlier wave of refugees, a child carries supplies at the Domeez refugee camp in Iraq's Duhok Province on July 4.

Syrian refugees wait at the health center at the refugee camp in Domeez.
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Syrian refugees wait at the health center at the refugee camp in Domeez.

The refugee camp in Domeez
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The refugee camp in Domeez

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A man sells ice cream in the Domeez camp.
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A man sells ice cream in the Domeez camp.

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