An Iraqi Yazidi family that fled the violence in the northern Iraqi town of Sinjar, sit at at a school where they are taking shelter in the Kurdish city of Dohuk in Iraq's autonomous Kurdistan region, August 5, 2014. (AFP Photo/Safin Hamed)
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The U.N. Security Council condemned Tuesday attacks by jihadists in northern Iraq, warning those responsible could face trial for crimes against humanity, amid fears the besieged Yazidi minority could be wiped out.Iraqi helicopters dropped supplies to thousands of desperate people hiding in mountains from Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) fighters, as officials warned that the Yazidi in the town of Sinjar, near the Syrian border, risked being massacred or starved into extinction.Sinjar is also a temporary home for thousands of displaced people from other minorities, such as Shiite Turkmen who fled the nearby city of Tal Afar when the jihadists launched their offensive on June 9 .The attack on Sinjar sent thousands of people running from their homes in panic, some of them scurrying into the mountains with no supplies.
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