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Bodies of 4 Syrian Kurds died in Croatia to be repatriated

  2021-03-30  | 
 Zhyan News Network
The damaged truck was towed away by the Croatian authorities following the crash | Photo: Ivica Galovic/PIXSELL/Picture-alliance
 Zhyan News Network

SULAIMANI – Bodies of four Syrian Kurds migrants, who died when a freight truck carrying them overturned in, will be repatriated to the Kurdistan Region.

The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) said on Tuesday (March 30) that the repatriation will take place under the prime minister’s “auspices.”

“The bodies of the refugees will be repatriated to the Kurdistan Region for transport back to Northern Syria to allow the victims to be buried in their homeland,” the KRG said expressing condolences to the families of the victims.

“Today, we mourn the tragic loss of four individuals from Northern Syria, who lost their lives in an unfortunate traffic accident in Croatia involving a number of refugees.”

The migrants had hidden among heavy paper rolls carried by the truck on a highway near the border with Bosnia, police said in a statement.

Zlatko Pjes, a local official, told state television HRT that at least eleven people were transported to hospitals in the area, including some with serious injuries. He said the migrants were Syrian.

“We found a very difficult situation, people crying for help,” Pjes later told the Index news portal, according to AP. 

“The top of truck came off and some migrants fell out, and that “those who did fall out ended up with light injuries while those left inside paid with their lives."

Among the injured, there were a child and a man whose one of his arms was amputated due to life-threatening injuries, the AP reported. 

Zhyan English spoke with a person representing Head of the Summit Foundation for Refugees and Displaced Affairs Ari Jalal could not confirm the identity of the victims.

Erupted in 2021 with anti-government protests, Syrian Civil War has claimed lives of about a half million and displaced almost half of the Syrian population, including 6.2 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) and 6·7 million refugees. 

Migrants and refugees from the Middle East, Africa and Asia pass through the Balkans to reach wealthy European countries in quest of a better life, while some of them end up in human loses either by car accidents or natural disasters.

(Zhyan English)