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Al-Malikiyah: Thousands flee toward Iraqi-Kurdistan

KURDWATCH, August 20, 2013—On August 15, 2013, several thousand people, mostly whole families, gathered on the Syrian side of the Faysh Khabur border crossing, located east of al‑Malikiyah (Dêrik). They waited for hours in temperatures close to forty degrees for the border to open. The Kurdish regional government (KRG) had closed the border on May 20, 2013 due to the kidnapping of seventy-six members of ʿAbdulhakim Bashar's Kurdish Democratic Party (el‑Partî) by fighters for the Democratic Union Party's (PYD) People's Defense Units (YPG) [further information]. Late in the afternoon, at least five thousand people passed over the provisional bridge toward Iraqi-Kurdistan.

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