Iraq sends planes to Belarus to collect over 600 migrants

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Two Iraqi planes took off Thursday night for Belarus in order to repatriate more than 600 Iraqis stuck on the ex-Soviet state’s border with Poland, the transport ministry said. Hundreds of Iraqis, most of them Kurds, returned home last week on a voluntary repatriation flight from Belarus, where thousands of migrants have camped on the border for weeks hoping to enter the European Union. Iraqi foreign ministry spokesman Ahmed al-Sahaf said a total of 617 people would be repatriated, the official Iraqi news agency reported. The first plane was due to land in Erbil, capital of the autonomous Kurd…

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