Aid delivered to Yazidis hiding in Iraqi mountains
Tuesday, August 12, 2014 - 01:06
The US and British Royal Air Force are delivering aid to tens of thousands of Yazidis, trapped in the Sinjar mountains as they hide from Islamic State militants, rampaging through northern Iraq. Jillian Kitchener reports.
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The latest battle between Kurdish forces and Islamic State militants was captured by a crew from Norwegian television.
It was a fierce fight, but the militants were eventually expelled from the town of Makhmur, 40 miles southwest of Arbil… The regional capital under threat from the militant advance.
It was a small victory in a much larger war. The Islamic State has driven thousands from their homes, threatening to murder ethnic minorities.
Scores of Yazidis have already fallen victim.
Tens of thousands have fled to the mountains for refuge.
...And, battling against the elements, they're now dependent on aid from the West to survive.
Most of that is coming from the US and British air forces, who are now dropping parcels of water and solar lamps in the dead of night.
It's comfort to the desperate Yazidis but as their plight worsens, Western powers and international aid agencies are being forced to consider what more they can do to help.
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