Baghdad, 29 Dzulqa’dah 1436/13 September 2015 (MINA) – The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) closed its doors in the face of Palestinian refugees asking for revealing the fate of their relatives in the wake of the kidnapping and arrest of dozens of them in Iraq.
A large group of Palestinian refugees headed last week to the UNHCR headquarters in Baghdad calling for carrying out its responsibilities and duties towards Palestinian refugees till their return to their homeland, The Palestinian Information Center (PIC) quoted by Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA) as reporting, Sunday (13/9).
The protesters said in a press release on Saturday that they were surprised that the UNHCR’s doors were closed despite not being on holiday.
The UNHCR closed its doors after being informed of the protest march, the protesters said.
The protesters stood in front of the UNHCR office for three hours despite the very hot temperatures before deciding to head to the Palestinian embassy in Baghdad.
The protesters managed to meet the Palestinian ambassador Ahmed Akel and handed him a list of their demands mainly working on the release of their sons from the Iraqi detention centers and prisons and revealing the fate of Palestinian refugees who were kidnapped at the hands of armed militants.
Palestinian refugees are systematically targeted in Iraq amid total disregard of their issue.(T/P008/R04)
Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA)