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Australia makes its first airdrop to stranded Yazidis in Iraq

Published on Aug 14, 2014 11:32 AM
Displaced Iraqi families from the Yazidi community cross the Iraqi-Syrian border at the Fishkhabur crossing, in northern Iraq, on Aug 13, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

SYDNEY (AFP) - Australia has carried out its first airdrop to refugees in northern Iraq, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Thursday, joining a growing international effort to deliver humanitarian assistance.

"The mission was conducted by a RAAF C-130J Hercules delivering 10 pallets of badly needed supplies to Yazidi civilians trapped on Mount Sinjar," he said.

The cargo included 150 boxes of high energy biscuits and 340 boxes of bottled water - enough to sustain 3,700 people for 24 hours.

"Initial reports are that the drop was conducted successfully and the aircraft is returning to base," Abbott added. "The aid drops will continue until the security of the Yazidi civilians is assured and they can safely move from Mount Sinjar."

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