Camp for Syrian refugees put up in Iraq

A refugee camp for people who flee restive Syria has been set up in northern Iraqi province of Nainava, As-Salam TV cahnnel said on Saturday.

The camp may host up to 4,000 people, but only six families are now living there.

Syrian rights organizations have estimated that some 1,300 people have been killed and more than 10,000 arrested in Syria since protests demanding the end of President Bashar al-Assad’s authoritarian rule broke out in the country in mid-March. Some 10,000 people have fled to Turkey as Syrian security forces have cracked down on towns and villages at the Turkish-Syrian border.

Russia has called for a diplomatic solution to the Syrian crisis, saying that the situation in Syria does not present a threat to international peace and security and that the Syrians themselves should resolve the violent confrontation without any outside influence.

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