Syria's new visa rules are preventing Iraqis from escaping violence, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. The new policy prevents most Iraqi passport holders from entering Syria and is part of an effort to limit the number of Iraqi refugees. "The regulations effectively mean there is no longer a safe place outside for Iraqis fleeing persecution and violence," said Ron Redmond, a UNHCR spokesman. "We are increasingly concerned about their fate as their options for safety are reduced."

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