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UN Official Disputes Notion that Crisis on Mount Sinjar is Over

Fri, 15 Aug 2014 00:15:48 +0000

Purestock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A senior United Nations official disputed on Thursday President Obama's claim that the crisis on Mount Sinjar in northern Iraq is over, instead noting "thousands" may remain there.

Kieran Dwyer, the director of communications for the U.N.'s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Aid, said that "the crisis on the mountain is not over until [all] people have been able to make it to a safe location, in a safe and secure manner." As of Thursday, despite difficulty garnering accurate estimates, the U.N. believes that "thousands" remain on Mount Sinjar.

Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby said Thursday that the threat to the Yazidis on Mount Sinjar had "largely passed," but that the situation was not being written off. Still, he noted, the humanitarian mission in Iraq "is not over."

"We believe we've been very successful with the humanitarian crisis on Mount Sinjar," Kirby said Thursday, "but as the president said, as Secretary Hagel said, we're going to continue to evaluate and assess the situation throughout Iraq, and there very well could be, from those assessments and that look, additional humanitarian missions."

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