LONDON: Cargo plane leaves UK carrying British humanitarian aid to Iraq.
A cargo plane carrying British humanitarian aid has left RAF Brize Norton to Iraq. The aid drops are part of an £8m package of aid announced by the UK government. It comes as the government’s emergency Cobra committee gets ready to meet to discuss UK’s response to the conflict in Iraq.
The meeting will be chaired by Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond. Humanitarian aid effort announced by the British Government on Friday will be emphasized in this meeting alongside a broader discussion about the situation in Iraq.
The latest UK aid package brings the country’s total support to the humanitarian effort in Iraq to £13m. Supplies including drinking water and tents will be dropped from C130 aircraft over the weekend.
Prime Minister David Cameron has appreciated US air strikes against militants from the Islamic State (IS) ruling out any UK military action in Iraq.