No visas required for Iraqis
Another change of heart.
Syria imposed a visa restriction on Iraqis for the first time just three days ago, on September 10. Reporters said the border was empty for the first time in years.
Now, for the whole of Ramadan (which has just started), Syria says it will not require visas.
Syria has been the only country allowing Iraqis in without restriction. Jordan puts limits on the entry of refugees. Iran, Turkey, Kuwait and Saudi have completely blocked entry for all Iraqis.
There are at least 1.2 million Iraqis in Syria, and 800,000 in Jordan. Both countries have been promised help by the UN and even the US. So far, nothing has been given.