Iraq tells its citizens in Syria to return home

By REUTERS
July 17, 2012 20:37

 
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BAGHDAD - Iraq on Tuesday called on tens of thousands of its citizens still living in Syria to return home because of escalating violence in its neighbor, after police said two Iraqi journalists had been killed in Damascus.

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 do everything in their power to help citizens return.

The security situation in Iraq is still perilous despite an easing in sectarian violence which killed tens of thousands in 2006-2007.

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