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Aid helicopter crashes in north: Iraq TV

Displaced people from the minority Yazidi sect, fleeing violence from forces loyal to the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) in Sinjar town, rest as they make their way towards the Syrian border August 11, 2014. (REUTERS/Rodi Said)

BAGHDAD: Iraq's military spokesman Lt. Gen. Qassim al-Moussawi has told state television that an Iraqi helicopter delivering aid to displaced Yazidis on Sinjar mountain has crashed.

Tens of thousands from the minority Yazidi sect have fled their homes after invading militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) group gave them an ultimatum to convert to Islam or be killed.

The displaced have been stranded on the Sinjar mountain range near the Syrian border with little food and water.

The Iraqi military as well as the U.S. and its allies have been flying supplies to help the people.

Al-Moussawi said Tuesday it was a Russian-made helicopter but gave no details on casualties.

 

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