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Refugee crowds thwart British aid drop in Iraq

Reuters | Last Updated: Monday, August 11, 2014 - 18:43

London: A British military plane was forced to abort a mission to deliver humanitarian supplies to refugees trapped on a mountain in northern Iraq over fears the falling aid packages could hit crowds below, Britain said on Monday.

"So many people were coming towards the plane that unfortunately we weren`t able to carry out that aid drop because we were concerned that we could have put lives at risk," a spokeswoman for Prime Minister David Cameron told reporters. 

Islamic State fighters in Iraq, who have beheaded and crucified captives in their drive to eradicate non-believers, have driven thousands of people from the Yazidi religious sect into the arid Sinjar mountain range in the heat of mid-summer.

Britain has so far delivered one aid drop to the mountain comprising water, filtration kits and solar powered lanterns that double as mobile phone chargers. 

First Published: Monday, August 11, 2014 - 18:43
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