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Iraq seeks to help citizens in Syria return home

07-19-2012 20:40 BJT Special Report:Crisis in Syria |

BAGHDAD, July 19 (Xinhua) -- Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al- Maliki has set up a committee to help transfer the Iraqi citizens stuck in violence-shattered Syria after the increase of attacks against Iraqis, Maliki's media adviser said Thursday.

"Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki ordered the formation of a committee headed by Minister of Oil Abdul-Kareem al-Luaybi to transport Iraqis from Syria to Baghdad," Ali al-Musawi told reporters.

Maliki also instructed to put his private plane at the disposal of the committee, Musawi said.

On Tuesday, the Iraqi government urged its citizens living in Syria to return after the increase of killings and attacks against them.

The move came after the country's authorities reportedly received a total of 23 bodies of Iraqi citizens, including two journalists, who were killed during the ongoing violence in Syria.

Syria has been wrecked by bombings and violence against civilians since March 2011, when anti-government protests began. The unrest has claimed the lives of thousands of people, including large numbers of security personnel.


Editor:James |Source: Xinhua

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