Iraqi forces detain 10 people trying to cross into Iraq

File – Iraqi border guards patrol border with Syria

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — Iraqi forces detained 10 people attempting to cross into Iraq from Syria, Iraq’s military said on Wednesday.

Iraq’s security media cell said the security forces set up a “tight ambush” for a number of people in Rabia district as they crossed the Syrian border into Iraq.

The detainees were an Iraqi family including 10 women and children, who fled to a neighboring country during the fight against Islamic State (ISIS) militants, it added.

The 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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