The Iraqi government on Monday (July 23rd) ordered security forces and Iraq's Red Crescent to allow Syrian refugees into the country and provide them with support, reversing an earlier decision, AFP reported.
"Prime Minister [Nouri al-Maliki] directed Iraqi forces and police and the Iraqi Red Crescent to receive Syrian refugees and help them and provide them with services," Al-Iraqiya television said.
Previously, Iraq had sealed off its border points to all refugees except for Iraqi citizens fleeing the violence in Syria. Government spokesperson Ali al-Dabbagh had said on Friday, "We cannot provide aid […] because of the security situation."
The Iraqi Transport Ministry said that more than 2,000 Iraqis have returned by plane in recent days.