Iraq’s Kurdish Regional Government(KRG) says more than 50,000 Syrian refugees have entered the country’s autonomous Kurdish region in less than two weeks.

" More than 50,000 refugees have come to the Kurdistan region of Iraq since August 15, " Dindar Zebari, the deputy head of the KRG ' s Department of Foreign Relations, said on Tuesday. Syrians began crossing into northern Iraq in mid - August amid fierce battles between Kurdish fighters and foreign - backed Takfiri militants in Syria. Zebari said refugees were still crossing from Syria, but " the number is different from one day to another because these border(points) are illegal and are open for humanitarian purposes. " He said KRG authorities were working to open new camps and meet the needs of the refugees. Syria has been gripped by deadly unrest since 2011. According to reports, the Western powers and their regional allies - - especially Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey - - are supporting the militants operating inside Syria. According to the UN, more than 100,000 people have been killed and a total of 7.8 million of others displaced due to the violence. Over 1.9 million Syrians have fled Syria, of whom more than 200,000 people, predominantly Syrian Kurds, have moved to Iraqi Kurdistan.