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Japan has agreed to donate 1,000 tents to Iraq to house 10,000 Iraqis forced out of their homes by conflict and living as refugees in the northern regions of Erbil and Dohuk.

The Japanese Cabinet agreed to donate the tents after receiving an urgent request Dec. 17 from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, or UNHCR, according to a statement issued Thursday by the Japanese Embassy in Washington.

The UNHCR, which estimates that there are 90,000 Iraqi refugees in the two northern regions, has already distributed tents there.

“But current stock does not meet the enormous needs and may become scarce in late January 2008,” the release said.

Japan will deliver the tents Friday from a stockpile of humanitarian supplies the government established in the United Arab Emirates in 2006, the release said.

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