Iraqi Yazidi refugees gather to collect ice blocks at the Newroz camp in Hasaka province, north eastern Syria August 14, 2014. (AFP Photo/Ahmad al-Rubaye)
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The U.N. refugee agency said Tuesday it was poised to mount a massive aid operation for 500,000 Iraqis driven from their homes by jihadist rebels.To date, the United Nations estimates that 1.2 million Iraqis have been displaced by fighting this year, Edwards said ahead of the extraordinary aid push set to begin Wednesday.Among the initial supplies are 3,000 tents, 200,000 plastic sheets, 18,500 kitchen sets and 16,500 jerry cans.Edwards said that a key goal was to help those who lack shelter or housing.
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