Iraq reopens border crossing to Syrian refugees

September 18, 2012

The Associated Press

BEIRUT — Iraqi officials say a western border crossing with Syria has been reopened in order to receive refugees fleeing an escalating civil war in their country.

The mayor of Qaim, Farhan Fitkhan Farhan, says 100 Syrian refugees entered Iraq Tuesday and more would be let in on daily basis. But he says only women and children will be accepted while young men will be denied entry for security reasons.

He put the total number of the Syrian refugees who settled in camps in Qaim to about 4,348 people so far.

The Qaim border crossing was closed last month after the eruption of fierce fighting between Syrian government forces and rebels on the Syrian side of the borders.