22 Syrians detained attempting to cross into Iraq – INA

An Iraqi soldier stands guard near the Iraqi city of Qaim at the Iraqi-Syrian border on November 11, 2018. (Photo: Ahmad al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images)

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — Twenty-two Syrians have been detained in Iraq after attempting to cross into the country from Syria, Iraqi media reported.

Units from the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) detained 22 Syrian nationals who tried to enter Mosul city after crossing into Iraq from Syria, the group said in a statement, according to the official Iraqi news agency.

Dozens of Syrians who have attempted to cross into Iraq have been detained in the past months.

Iraqi forces have detained dozens of people including Syrians for attempting to cross the border between Syria and Iraq in the past months.

Iraq has tightened security along 600 km border with Syria to curb the movement of Islamic State (ISIS) militants, drug smuggling and other illegal activities.

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