ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Many of those who fled the recent incursion of the Iraqi army and Shiite militia are from Kirkuk, Tuz Khurtamu and the town of Pirde. They are civilians and a mix of Kurds and Sunni Arabs.
They have now taken shelter either in Erbil or Sulaimani city.
They feared retribution from the militia forces for their political affiliation or ethnic and religious background.
Now they similarly fear return to their homes, though most report that their homes and schools have since been demolished by the Hashd al-Shaabi.