دوشنبه ۱۵ آذر ۱۳۹۵ تهران ۱۲:۳۳ - ۵ دسامبر ۲۰۱۶
Some 80 Iraqi Kurdish refugees returned to northern Iraq recently from Iran as part of a pilot repatriation convoy by the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
The refugees, who fled Iraq during Saddam Hussein's regime, had been living in Iran for over 15 years in the Ziveh refugee camp in the western Azarbaijan province. Fifty-six returned to Arbil and 24 to Dahuk.
"With the opening of the northern Haj Omran border crossing near Piranshar city, these Kurdish refugees have finally been given an opportunity to return home via a more convenient northern route," UNHCR's representative in Iran Philippe Lavanchy said. "We are very pleased that we can help ease returns for those who really wish to go back to the three northern governorates.”