1. Wide of Syrian Kurdish policeman watching the bridge over the river Tigris at the Semalka border crossing, Syria
2. Wide of Semalka bridge
3. Close of workers on the bridge carrying out maintenance work
4. Wide of the river and the bridge as seen from Syrian side of border crossing
5. SOUNDBITE (Kurdish) Siamet Osman, supervisor of the Semalka border crossing:
"All these people leaving Western Kurdistan (Syrian Kurdistan) it's not a good thing. If the Iraqi Kurdistan Government wants really to help us it should reopen the border and let trading re-start and let supplies come in."
6. Wide of Iraqi Kurdistan flag flying over an observation tower on the other side of the river
7. Wide of the bridge
8. Mid of a car driving on the bridge into Iraqi Kurdish territory
9. Pan right of Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) passing by at the Semalka border crossing
10. Mid of people getting out of a minivan at the Gerbalat - Shilikiye border crossing between Syria and Iraqi Kurdistan
11. Pan left from Iraqi Kurdish soldier telling people to hurry to the people with minivan
12. Pan of Syrians walking with their luggage
13. Wide of Iraqi Kurdish soldier inviting people to hurry and people walking on a path between the hill
14. Mid of a man running on the Iraqi side of the border with village of Faysh Khabur in background
15. Mid of Iraqi Kurdish soldier letting a group of men cross
16. Wide of people running and walking in the Iraqi side of the border
17. Mid of a family, a mother carrying her baby walking through the border
18. SOUNDBITE (Kurdish) Zer Akrem, Iraqi Kurdish soldier:
"All Kurdish people coming here, we treat them as if they are our brothers. And in Iraq they will receive food, water, supplies, and there is a camp for them."
19. Mid of a mother carrying her child walking
20. Wide of two woman, one carrying her baby on the shoulder walking in Iraqi territory
21. Mid of a man guiding a mule loaded with luggage crossing to Iraqi side
22. Wide of women and people with mules walking on Iraqi side
Thousands of people have fled from the Kurdish region in Syrian to the autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan in the last few days.
Some crossed the river Tigris walking on the Semalka mobile bridge, which links Northeastern Syria to the Kurdish Regional Government in Iraq.
The bridge was open for a short period but has now been closed by Iraqi Kurd authorities and no more people are allowed to cross.
This bridge served as a trading route between the Kurdish territory in Iraq, which has it's own government, and the Kurdish area of northeastern Syria, which is still officially ruled by Damascus but is said to be controlled by Kurdish militias. But the link was closed on May 20th, until its reopening last week to allow people to flee Syria and seek refuge in Iraq.
Thousands of displaced Syrians had previously found safe heaven in Kurdish administered areas of Syria, but the refugees say that the situation is increasingly difficult.
Dire economic conditions, limited supplies, shortages of electricity and water have all added to the difficulties caused by fresh fighting between Kurdish militias and other fighters, causing a new wave of displaced people.
Syrian Kurdish authorities said this is precisely why the border needs to be reopened.
"All these people leaving Western Kurdistan (Syrian Kurdistan) it's not a good thing. If the Iraqi Kurdistan Government wants really to help us it should reopen the border and let trading re-start and let supplies come in," said Siamet Osman, supervisor of the Semalka border crossing and member of the Supreme Council of Western Kurdistan.
The massive exodus has put a severe strain on Iraqi Kurdistan's regional government and aid agencies ability to accommodate them all.
Kurds in Syria have established a de-facto self government in those territories, mainly Kurdish populated areas, that were abandoned over the course of the conflict by the forces loyal to president Bashar Assad.
They have enjoyed a period of relative peace compared to the rest of the war-torn Syria. Nevertheless Syrians civilians have another route to cross to Iraq about 15 kilometres (9.3 miles) south of the Semalka bridge.
Between the Syrian village of Gerbalat and the Iraqi village of Shilikiye a narrow strip of ground is the only barrier dividing the two sides of Kurdistan.
With belongings loaded onto mules, Syrian refugees continued to flow into northern Iraq through this unsanctioned crossing.
Iraqi Peshmergas (armed Kurdish fighters) controlling the area say they treat all Kurdish people as their brothers.
"All Kurdish people coming here, we treat them as if they are our brothers. And in Iraq they will receive food, water, supplies, and there is a camp for them," said Zer Akrem, who is one of the Peshmergas.
Around 30-thousand Syrians, the vast majority of them Kurds, have fled the region over a five-day stretch.
Another 4-thousand made the trek across the frontier Tuesday, according to Youssef Mahmoud, a spokesman for the UNHCR in Iraqi Kurdistan.
The new arrivals join some 1.9 million Syrians who already have found refuge abroad from the country's relentless carnage.
Kurds are Syria's largest ethnic minority, making up more than 10 percent of the country's 23 million people.
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