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UN launches major aid operation for refugees in northern Iraq


08-19-2014 20:17 BJT

The United Nations refugee agency said on Tuesday that it was launching a major operation to provide relief supplies to more than half a million people displaced by fighting in northern Iraq.

According to United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Spokesman Adrian Edwards, a four-day airlift of tents and other goods will begin on Wednesday to Irbil, Iraq, from Aqaba in Jordan, followed by road convoys from Turkey and Jordan and sea shipments from Dubai via Iran over the next 10 days.

According to the United Nations, the number of people displaced by the fighting in Iraq is at least 600,000. The UN Refugee Agency said on Monday around 24,000 of those displaced live in one village called Sharyia on the outskirts of Dahuk. Tens of thousands of Yazidis fled earlier this month when the Islamic State militants captured the town of Sinjar, near the Syrian border.

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