- Title: IRAQ: ALLIED SOLDIERS MOVE INTO ZAKHO AS IRAQIS LEAVE/REFUGEES IN TURKEY
- Date: 26th April 1991
- Summary: YALMAK (WTNmVISNEWS) HELICOPTER BRINGING IN SUPPLIES TO REFUGEE CAMP/ALLIED TROOPS ON PATROL GALVIN SPEAKING AS NOTED (ENGLISH) MILITARY ACTIVITY AROUND CAMP
- Embargoed: 6th July 2005 15:15
- Location: ZAKHO, IRAQ/ YALMAK, TURKEY
- Country: Turkey Iraq
- Topics: Conflict,General
- Reuters ID: LVADHE4P078P0WEHFX0QF8SOJ8NZ
- Aspect Ratio: 4:3
- Story Text: Armed Iraqis were on Friday (April 26) obeying Western orders to withdraw from the northern town of Zakho, around which the allies are establishing safe havens for Kurdish refugees.
The United States (US), Britain and France had threatened to use force to evict the Iraqis.
One Iraqi policeman was reported dead and five others wounded, three seriously, when gunmen attacked Zakho police headquarters with a grenade and machine gun, the mayor of the town said on Friday.
Allied soldiers moved into the town that day and checked through it slowly and cautiously, but there was no sign of trouble. They were warmly welcomed by the people, who lived in fear of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein's forces.
US General John Galvin, who is in overall command of the allied relief effort, arrived unannounced on Thursday at the Yalmak refugee camp in Turkey, one of the most well-supplied of the border camps.
He said he was able to guarantee the refugees' security and food and was going to persuade their leaders to come into the haven from the mountains.
General Galvin, commander of US forces in Europe, has outlined a self-help scheme for Kurdish refugees which includes the erection of tents and water tanks by the Kurds under the supervision and protection of allied forces.
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