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UN launches aid operation for 500,000 in northern Iraq

Published on Aug 20, 2014 10:06 PM
 
An Iraqi Shiite fighter, loyal to Muslim Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, carries his comrade during first aid training on Aug 19, 2014, in the shrine city of Najaf, in central Iraq. The UN refugee agency said it had launched a huge operation Wednesday to bring desperately needed aid to half a million Iraqis driven from their homes by jihadist rebels. -- PHOTO: AFP

GENEVA (AFP) - The UN refugee agency said it had launched a huge operation Wednesday to bring desperately needed aid to half a million Iraqis driven from their homes by jihadist rebels.

"It's the largest single aid push we have mounted in more than a decade," UNHCR chief Antonio Guterres said in a statement.

The first Boeing 747 of the 10-day operation flew into the Iraqi Kurdish city of Erbil from Jordan carrying 100 tonnes of aid including tents, plastic sheets, kitchen sets, and jerry cans.

It was the first consignment in an operation that aims at bringing a total of 2,410 tonnes of aid by the start of September.

 
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