In this photo provided by Mikey Hassan, members of his extended family stop along the side of the road as they flee militants of the Islamic State group, who took over the city of Sinjar, Iraq. (AP Photo/Courtesy of Mikey Hassan)
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Displaced Iraqis, many from the Yazidi minority, have been stranded in a jihadist-hemmed mountain for a week and will die en masse if not rescued urgently, an MP said Saturday.US President Barack Obama sent warplanes back over Iraq for the first time in three years this week in part to avert what he said was a possible impending genocide.However Dakhil said the aid could not reach all of the people scattered across Mount Sinjar, a barren range stretching for around 60 kilometres (35 miles) near the border with Syria.Dakhil told AFP of one Yazidi woman she spoke to Saturday who had found herself trapped in the mountain with her five children.Temperatures in Iraq can often reach 50 degrees Celsius (120 Fahrenheit) in the summer, and some displaced people have ventured out of the ragged Sinjar hills, realising they would not survive.According to some of those contacted by AFP over the past few days, they have experienced mixed fortunes.Some have made their own way to neighbouring Syria and Turkey, others were caught and killed by IS fighters and others backtracked to the mountain.
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