– About a hundred thousand Kurds left Kirkuk since, as the government of Iraq took control of the eponymous province, reported on Thursday by the Western media.
The Governor of Erbil, capital of Iraqi Kurdistan Nawzad Hadi told reporters that about 18 thousand families fled from Kirkuk and Tuz-khormato in Erbil and Sulaymaniyah, said the media reports.
On October 16 Iraqi forces entered Kirkuk province, taking control of key infrastructure and oil fields. Kurdish militias left the city of Kirkuk after the appearance in the city of Iraqi forces.
On Wednesday, Prime Minister of Iraq, Haider al-Abadi has ordered the withdrawal of all armed groups, including government forces from Kirkuk.