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France sends second aid shipment to Iraq

Displaced people from the minority Yazidi sect, fleeing violence from forces loyal to ISIS in Sinjar town, ride a truck as they make their way towards the Syrian border August 11, 2014. (REUTERS/Rodi Said)

PARIS: France says it will deliver a second shipment of humanitarian aid to northern Iraq in a bid to help religious minorities persecuted by advancing radicals of the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) organization.

The foreign ministry said in a statement that the air lift of 20 tons of medicine, tents and water treatment material will arrive in the Iraqi Kurdish capital, Irbil, Wednesday.

The shipment is enough to provide assistance to 50,000 people, it said, and it pledged further operations in the coming days "to aid populations in serious danger."

Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius traveled to Irbil Sunday to deliver an initial shipment of aid. France has taken a strong stance on the need to protect Christians and other minorities being persecuted by ISIS in northern Iraq.

 

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