This is not a ‘migrant crisis’; this is a crisis of inhumanity.
Iraqis are returning home on voluntary repatriation flights from Belarus, where thousands of people have camped on the border hoping to enter the EU.
A total of 431 people were aboard the Boeing 747 that flew to Iraq after failing to enter the EU as Brussels strives to prevent migrant access to the bloc through Minsk.
Meanwhile, Iraq Airways said it will carry out a repatriation flight to bring Iraqis stuck on the Belarus-Poland border back home.
The current escalations at the border are not the result of migrating asylum seekers or the actions of smugglers, but rather the political decisions of Belarus, Poland, and the EU.
Iraq estimates 571 citizens are stuck on the Poland-Belarus border and will take those who are ready to return “voluntarily” amid a standoff between the EU and US on one side and Belarus and Russia on the other.
EU foreign ministers are gathering in Brussels to adopt new criteria to expand Belarus sanctions as mounting migrant crisis in the region continues to concern the international community.
Iraq’s Foreign Ministry said it will organise trips to bring back citizens who wish to return home from the Belarus-Poland border, and halted all direct flights into Belarus.
Besides the question of Iran’s culpability in the assassination attempt on the Iraqi Prime Minister, Iraq still faces grave problems that violence and instability can exacerbate.
The militant groups want a seat at the table, and are willing to apply whatever pressure it takes to ensure that they do.
No group has claimed responsibility for the drones attack launched at Prime Minister Mustafa al Kadhimi's Baghdad residence, where he escaped unhurt.
Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al Kadhimi has said he was unharmed during the drone attack on his home in the capital of Baghdad.
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