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Turkey gives refuge to 2,000 Yazidis fleeing ISIS militants in Iraq

Published on Aug 14, 2014 7:31 PM
 

SILOPI, Turkey (AFP) - Turkey is providing refuge to some 2,000 members of Iraq's Yazidi community who have fled the deadly advance of Islamic State (ISIS) militants in Iraq, officials said Thursday.

Most of the Yazidis are being housed in tents at a refugee camp in Silopi just north of the Iraqi border in the Sirnak province of southeastern Turkey.

They are given meals three times a day and undergoing regular health screenings, an AFP photographer who visited the camp said.

Carpets have been laid down inside the vast tents where the refugees while away the time playing with children, cooking, or reading.

Displaced Iraqi people from the Yazidi community are pictured in a refugee camp near the Turkey-Iraq border at Silopi in Sirnak on Aug 14, 2014. Turkey is providing refuge to some 2,000 members of Iraq's Yazidi community who have fled the deadly advance of Islamic State (ISIS) militants in Iraq, officials said Thursday. -- PHOTO: AFP 
 
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