Operations room to receive Egyptians’ distress calls in Mosul
Families fleeing violence in Mosul, Iraq, wait at a checkpoint on the outskirts of Arbil, in Iraq's Kurdistan region - REUTERS/Azad Lashkari
By THE CAIRO POST

CAIRO: The Egyptian Foreign Ministry announced forming operations room to receive distress calls from Egyptian expatriates living in the city of Mosul north of Iraq around the clock, according to the ministry’s press release Wednesday.

There was concern in Egypt’s ministry over the ongoing clashes in Iraq, namely in Mosul, between rebels and Iraqi police and army forces.

About 500,000 people fled from Mosul since the beginning of the clashes on June 7, according to the International Organization for Immigration (IOM) in a report that was published Wednesday.

Assistant Foreign Minister for Consular Affairs Ali al-Ashry said through the ministry’s statement that they are following the conditions of Egyptians expats in Iraq in coordination with Iraqi authorities.

Ashry clarified the Egyptian embassy in Baghdad is communicating with Egyptians to offer all possible facilities for those who choose to go back home.

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