More than 1,000 Chinese workers are trapped at a power plant in Salaheddin province in northern Iraq amid fighting between government forces and militants, news portal Caixin.com reported Wednesday.
The workers, employed by China Machinery Engineering Corp. on a power plant project, were supposed to leave their camp in helicopters on June 22 but the aircraft did not arrive, according the family of one worker.
The Iraqi military organized an evacuation by bus two days later but government soldiers forced them to turn back not far from Baghdad, the report said.
The Chinese Embassy in Iraq declined to disclose plans to help the workers leave the area.
One relative said Friday that the camp only had enough food and water for one more week.
Salaheddin province was one of the first places to come under attack this month from a militant group calling itself the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. Intense battles have continued in the region since then.
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