The U.N. refugee agency UNHCR is about to instigate an extensive four-day airlift of aid Wednesday into northern Iraq.
Northern Iraq has been deeply dented by fierce fighting between Islamic State extremists and Kurdish forces thus creating a great humanitarian crisis. It’s one of the largest aid missions the UNHCR agency has ever undertaken. The premeditated four-day airlift will be followed by cargo deliveries made by road and sea over the next 10 days. The initial shipments will include thousands of tents, plastic sheets, kitchen sets and jerry cans, destined for families who fled with nothing more than clothes on their back.
The U.N. refugee agency, UNHCR, said the urgently needed aid would be flown by Boeing 747s from Jordan into Irbil, the Kurdish regional capital.