Iraq announced this Thursday (11/25/2021) that it organized several flights to repatriate more than 600 migrants who are on the border between Belarus and Poland, a week after having repatriated some 400 people, mainly Iraqi Kurds.
One of the repatriation flights with undocumented migrants who wanted to cross into the European Union (EU), departed at 20:15 CET from Minsk, the Belarusian capital, bound for Iraq. As reported by the DW agency.
According to information revealed by the Minsk airport website, Iraqi Airways flight IA272 took off at the scheduled time, so these flights are expected to continue in the following days.
Iraq continues to repatriate people
Sources from the Iraqi Embassy in Russia informed Efe that this flight was boarded by around 176 passengers who voluntarily decided to return to their country of origin. A second flight was scheduled around 00.35 CET.
Majid al-Kinain, Iraqi consul in Russia and Belarus, said that a total of four flights will be carried out between Thursday and Friday, carrying a total of 650 people, according to the BELTA agency on its Telegram channel.
For its part, the Iraqi Transport Ministry confirmed the departure from Baghdad international airport of “two exceptional flights” bound for Minsk. A first plane was scheduled to return to Erbil at midnight and from there to Baghdad.
The borders are blocked
Since this summer, thousands of people, seeking to reach Western Europe, have been blocked on the border between Belarus and Poland. Therefore, in The Truth News We will keep you informed about it.
The West accuses the government of Belarus of provoking this migratory crisis, handing out visas, in retaliation for the sanctions imposed against Alexander Lukashenko by Western countries. Belarus, meanwhile, denies and criticizes the countries of the European Union.
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