Syrian refugees feel 'trapped' in Iraq

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Increasing violence in Syria over the past few weeks has led to a sharp rise in the number of people fleeing the country.
 
Many have gone to neigbouring Jordan and Turkey, but some have chosen to seek refuge in Iraq.
 
However, many refugees feel trapped and their freedom confiscated. Some feel it would have been better if we stayed in Syria.

Mohamed, a Syrian refugees, have said: "we left because of the bombardment... we were scared for our children and women... Bashar Al-assad is slaughtering the people... we thank the Iraqi government for letting us in but we want to live with our relatives and free to move."

The Iraqi government initially refused to accept Syrian refugees on its soil, citing logistical and security reasons.
 
It later revised its decision allowing refugees in but only to be under the guard of the Iraqi army
 
Many Iraqis have protested against the treatment, saying Syria hosted more than a million Iraqi refugees giving them freedom to move, access to medical care and schools
 
Iraq says it is concerned about its own security, fearing the infiltration of armed groups. That's why it wants to control the movement of refugees.
 
Al Jazeera's Omar Alsaleh reports from Baghdad, Iraq.

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