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Published:January 18th, 2008 09:24 EST
Iran: More Afghan refugees deported

Iran: More Afghan refugees deported

By SOP newswire

Kabul - The Iranian government has deported about 100 Afghan refugees, the latest in a series of deportations, an official said on Friday. A statement issued by Iran's embassy in Kabul on Wednesday said that the deportation of Afghan refugees from Iran was delayed after a request from Jihadi leaders.

Shamsudin Hamid, head of the Refugees Directorate in the western province of Herat, told local media that despite a promise of a delay in deportation, around 100 refugees were deported late Thursday.

"A woman is among the deported refugees, forced to leave Iran while the rest of her family still remains in Iran," Hamid added.

Around 900 Afghan refugees were deported from Iran in the last few weeks, at a time when the harsh winter in western provinces brings difficulty to daily life.