The Czech government on Monday agreed to send more help in the form of arms to Iraq and Jordan to help their fight against Islamic State. The announcement of the new aid came in a Twitter message from prime minister Bohuslav Sobotka. Specifically, 6,500 new and used machine guns will be sent to Iraqi and Kurdish forces in Iraq together with 7 million rounds of ammunition. The same quantity of munitions will also be sent to Jordan, seen as a relative oasis of stability and opposition to IS in the region.
The first group of ten Christian refugees from Iraq arrived at Prague's Václav Havel Airport on Sunday, the spokesman for the foundation Generace 21, which is financing most of the relocation project, told the Czech News Agency. The refugees will now be taken to a recreational centre Okrouhlík near Jihlava, where they will spend the next few months. Another group of about two dozen people are expected to arrive within the next few weeks.
The town of Liberec will accept about 20 of the 153 Iraqi Christian refugees, who will start arriving in the Czech Republic this weekend, Liberec Deputy Mayor Ivan Langr said on Wednesday. The Liberec town hall will prepare two municipal flats for the refugees and aid would be provided by local Christian groups and charities. Along with the Interior Ministry and the Czech intelligence services, the Generation 21 Foundation organises the transport of 37 Christian families, most of who have been granted the international refugee status. The first 27 Iraqi Christians will arrive in Prague on January 24 and move to Jihlava, south Moravia. The rest of them are to come in February and March.
The first group of Christian refugees from Iraq who have been offered a future in the Czech Republic will arrive in the country on January 24, the group which is taking care of them has announced. The refugees, comprised of six families, will be taken to a recreation centre at Jihlava where they will be given intensive lessons in Czech and Czech culture. Acceptance of the families was agreed by the Czech government in December last year. The charity Generation 21 has taken charge of their resettlement and transition to Czech life.
The first group of Christian refugees from Iraq could arrive in the Czech Republic at the end of January, Martin Frýdl of the foundation Generace 21, which is financing most of the relocation project, told the Czech News Agency on Thursday. Upon their arrival, the refugees will undergo asylum procedures in the detention centre in Zastávka u Brna. They will spend another six or more months in Jihlava, where they will attend Czech language courses. A total of 153 people who have fled Islamic State aggression and are currently living in refugee camps in Kurdistan and Lebanon, are due to arrive in the country in 2016.
The Czech government on Monday approved a plan for the Czech Republic to take in 37 Christian families from Iraq. A total of 153 refugees who have fled Islamic State aggression and are currently living in refugee camps in Kurdistan and Lebanon, are due to arrive in three stages in 2016. The plan was initiated by the Generation 21 Foundation, which has pledged to finance most of the relocation project. I asked the head of the Generation 21 Foundation, Jan Talafant to provide some details:
The Czech government on Monday agreed to the relocation of 37 Christian families from Iraq to the Czech Republic, Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka announced, adding that a total of 153 refugees who have fled Islamic State will arrive from Kurdistan and Lebanon in three groups in the winter. The Generation 21 Foundation, which initiated plan, will finance most of the relocation project that is to take place under the patronage of church institutions. The government agreed to the proposal that the Interior Ministry would finance the relocation if the Generation 21 Foundation were unable to fulfil its promise. The costs may reach 32.5 million crowns at the most, which would be additionally given to the ministry.
The Czech Foreign Ministry has issued a travel warning for Iraq, advising citizens to put off all non-essential trips in view of the heightened risk of terrorist attacks. A statement published on the ministry’s web page says that the operations of Islamic state militants are creating a highly volatile and dangerous situation in the north and north-west of the country as well as the previously relatively safe area of Iraqi Kurdistan. Citizens who decide to make the journey despite the risks are advised to register with the ministry’s travel data base DROZD.
The Czech Army is planning the purchase of new radars and American-made anti-tank missiles, according to the Czech News Agency. The deal will be discussed by the government this week. Defence Ministry spokesman Petr Medek said the equipment and missiles would bolster the country's military capabilities on foreign missions. The Javelin anti-tank missiles under consideration have automatic self-guidance and lock on before launch. The planned purchase of the missiles plus other equipment is expected to come to more than 500 million crowns.