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UN Refugee Agency to Increase Humanitarian Aid to Refugees in Iraq

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 20:54:35 +0000

Purestock/Thinkstock(ERBIL, Iraq) -- The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees released a statement on Tuesday announcing a push for increased humanitarian aid via air, land and sea.

The aid operation will begin with a four-day airlift utilizing Boeing 747s sent from Jordan to Erbil, Iraq. Following the airlift, road convoys from Turkey and Jordan and sea and land shipments from Dubai via Iran will arrive in the next two weeks. Included in these initial aid shipments, the U.N. Refugee Agency says, are 3,300 tents, 20,000 plastic sheets, 18,500 kitchen sets and 16,500 jerry cans.

The U.N. agency notes that approximately 200,000 people have fled from the city of Sinjar and neighboring areas when they were seized by armed groups in early August. The number of refugees has slowed in the last week, but still require support, according to UNHCR spokesman Adrian Edwards.

Many refugees are living in schools, mosques, churches, unfinished buildings or within family tents pitched by the UNHCR.

In total, the U.N. agency says, about 1.2 million Iraqis may have been displaced in 2014, including about 600,000 displaced from the recent conflicts in Mosul and Sinjar.

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