800,000 Persons Can Migrate From Northern Iraq To Turkey In Case Of Possible Operation
Saturday, February 08 2003 @ 06:49 PM MSK
DIYARBAKIR - United Nations (U.N.) officials think that 800,000 persons can migrate to southeastern Turkey in case of a possible operation against Iraq.
Meanwhile, military units and military equipment continue to be sent to the southeast Turkey. Turkish and foreign press members and tv channel journalists rushed to Silopi town of southeastern Sırnak province.
Officials said that measures are taken in the region in order to prevent the difficulties seen during the first Gulf Crisis due to a possible refugee migration. ''This time the camp to be set up will be more orderly and bigger. Everything which refugees need will be there,'' officials said.
Meanwhile, U.S., U.N. and UNICEF officials started to meet with hotel owners in the region. They plan to rent certain hotels in Diyarbakır, Mardin, Silopi and Cizre towns of Silopi province for a long time.
Hospitals in the region also started to work to overcome their deficiencies.
A total of 17 camps which will be set up cross the border to stop the flow of migration in the Iraqi side, will be directed by Sırnak, Mardin, Diyarbakır, Batman and Hakkari Governor's Offices. A tent city will also be set up in Silopi town of southeastern Sırnak province for the possibility of refugees' passing to Turkish side. A total of 200 tents were erected there at the first stage, if necessary that number will increase to 24,000. A total of 3,000 persons were charged in the region. Officials said that a press center would be definitely formed in Silopi.