By the end of the day, Sunday, another group of 54 people arrived at the border. This group – which includes four pregnant women and several babies – has been told to remain on the Iraqi side of no man's land. There are reports that more Palestinians are on their way towards the Syrian border.
UNHCR is concerned about these developments. Only last week, UNHCR, with the help of UNRWA and IOM and upon invitation of the Syrian government, transferred nearly 300 Palestinians who had been stranded for nearly two months at the Iraq-Jordan and Iraq-Syria border crossings, into Syria. The Palestinians had fled increased violence and intimidation in the Iraqi capital Baghdad. But entry into Syria has since then been impossible for other Palestinians who tried to follow suit. There are still an estimated 23,000 Palestinians in Baghdad.