A refugee woman from the minority Yazidi sect, who fled the violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjar, sits with a child inside a tent at Nowruz refugee camp in Qamishli, northeastern Syria, August 17, 2014.REUTERS/Rodi Said
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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.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.Over 200,000 people have flooded into Kurdistan since the beginning of the month, when jihadists seized the city of Sinjar and neighboring areas, according to United Nations numbers.UNHCR had also set up camps for displaced people elsewhere in Iraq, and was working to help thousands of religious minority Yazidis who have fled into war-ravaged Syria to escape the jihadist offensive, Edwards said.
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