Thirty-three Iraqis who came to Britain to study have been turned over to the Defense Ministry and will be held as prisoners of war, police and immigration officials say.

The Defense Ministry said Thursday the POWs will be confined to a special military camp set up at Salisbury Plain.Since September, the Home Office has taken action against 162 Iraqis, including the 33 handed over Thursday, and 12 other nationals. Of these, more than 70 have left or been deported and 56 are in custody.