Conflict & Justice

Iraq citizens evacuate syria


A Syrian woman sits with her grandson outside a damaged building on the main street of the Syrian village of Treimsa, where more than 150 people were killed this week, in the central province of Hama on July 13, 2012. A variety of weapons were used in the attack on Treimsa, with the homes of rebels and activists bearing the brunt, UN observers said.


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BAGHDAD, Iraq - Iraq called on Tuesday on its citizens living in Syria to return home because of escalating violence in its neighbour.

The Iraqi cabinet voiced concern about the "increasing incidents of murder and assault on Iraqis living in Syria," government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh said in a statement.

"The Iraqi government calls on them to come home," the statement said, adding that Iraqi authorities would secure all means for their return from Syria.

(Reporting by Aseel Kami, Writing by Sylvia Westall, editing by Diana Abdallah)