Seven Kurds repatriated to Kurdistan Region from Turkey: organization

Seven people from the Kurdistan Region pose for a picture with representative of Summit Organization for Refugees and Displaced Affairs Kurda Yashar (middle) in Istanbul, Turkey.

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SULAIMANI — Seven ethnic Kurds have been deported to the Kurdistan Region by Turkish authorities, a Kurdish humanitarian organization has said.

The returnees were from the cities of Erbil, Sulaimani, and Duhok and had been held in custody at a prison in Istanbul for over a month, the Summit Foundation for Refugees and Displaced Affairs said in a statement on Saturday (November 16).

They arrived back in the Region on Friday with the help of the Iraqi embassy.

The Summit Foundation added that it had also repatriated the body of an Iraqi citizen who had died in Bursa after suffering a heart attack .

Many people looking to emigrate to Europe from the Kurdistan Region travel through Turkey.

Since 2014, more than 289 people from the Kurdistan Region have drowned in the Aegean Sea while trying to emigrate to Europe, the Iraqi Migration and Displacement Federation said last year.

133 people from the Region have also gone missing on the road to Europe, according to the Federation.

(NRT Digital Media)