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As a 9-year-old boy, Ibrahim Mahmoud fled his hometown of Haifa on the back of a truck during the 1948 war that attended the creation of Israel. Now, as a hunched old man, he is once again encamped far from home, having fled the Daesh (ISIS) takeover of the Iraqi city of Mosul. "We fled our homes in Palestine in 1948 to Jordan on the back of a truck," Mahmoud said.His family then flew to Basra, a sweltering city at the southern tip of Iraq, on the Gulf.Up to 70,000 Palestinians lived in Iraq before the 2003 U.S.-led invasion, according to numbers provided by the U.N. refugee agency.Official figures do not exist, but the U.N. refugee agency estimates that just 3,000 Palestinians remain in the country today.In the mid-1970s, Mahmoud, his wife and five children moved to Mosul after he was told by an old man who had fought in the 1948 war that he would feel more at home in the northern city.The city was just as the man had described, but Mahmoud struggled to make ends meet, in part because of the crippling international sanctions imposed on Iraq in the 1990s.
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