UN preparing Iraq humanitarian corridor

Baghdad - The United Nations said it was working on opening a humanitarian corridor in northern Iraq to allow stranded civilians threatened by jihadist fighters to flee.

"Now that air drops have started, the UN in Iraq is urgently preparing a humanitarian corridor to allow those in need to flee the areas under threat," the top UN envoy in Iraq, Nickolay Mladenov, said in a statement.

The Islamic State (IS) jihadist group attacked the town of Sinjar nearly a week ago, forcing the Kurdish peshmerga troops who controlled it to retreat.

Sinjar, which lies between the main IS hub of Mosul and the border with Syria, is home to many Yazidis and other religious minorities, and was sheltering thousands of people who had been displaced in June in a previous jihadist attack.

The onslaught forced thousands of them to flee into the nearby Sinjar mountains, where they have since been hiding, with little food and water to survive.

"I welcome the cooperation between the Government of Iraq, the Kurdistan Regional Government and the international community to help prevent genocide and fight terrorism," Mladenov said.

The United States announced late on Thursday it had started food drops for stranded Sinjaris and said Friday that a campaign of air strikes against IS targets in northern Iraq had begun.

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Binte Maya 2014/08/08 08:23:19 PM
Wouldn't it have been nice if it was done for the innocent ppl of Palestine as well ... they have nowhere to go to..
Binte Maya 2014/08/08 08:47:02 PM
HI enig Ma.. its definitely a massacre.. I agree with u on that.. but the last part of ur sentence I disagree.. its in the name of their own pride..following their own desires n based on their own evil actions.it might be in the name of the Islam they claim to follow but It is not in the name of my prophet!
Binte Maya 2014/08/08 08:50:43 PM
Annie.. While there are definitely those who just cant stop firing rockets.. be they Palestinians or israelis.. which is sad indeed... do not forget there are many innocents involved in this bitter conflict.. I stand up for those..
Tried All 2014/08/08 08:57:37 PM
The US should increase their airstrikes. This terrorist organisation (ISIS) should be wiped from the face of the earth.
Binte Maya 2014/08/08 09:16:38 PM
Well enig ma.. I am very sad that you continue to feel that way about my beliefs.. have a lovely weekend..
Binte Maya 2014/08/08 09:18:11 PM
I dont defend isis.. they need to be dealt with accordingly. But judging me for what faith I choose to believe in is just very unfair.. well I guess you can't always have things going easily now can you.. all the best
Garth Kahn 2014/08/08 09:19:16 PM
Wow, the UN actually noticed the Jihad masacres in Iraq. I wonder when they'll start blaming Israel for this...
Binte Maya 2014/08/08 09:49:27 PM
Enig ma my dearest friend.. how I wish you could just for one day look at things from my point of view... to see what iv seen with new Muslims.. to study what I have about Islam.. to know pbuh never instructed others to commit wholesale murder.. but let's leave it at that.. to u b ur way n me mine.. good night.. ek is baie moooeg vandag... my afrikaans aint soo good.. sorry
COLOURMEIN 2014/08/08 10:03:41 PM
Just come from a meeting, Iraq woman explaining how ISIS are forcing people of minorities and or non moslem out of areas / homes,these people are called infadels, they can take nothing with them, but the cloths on their back. Imagine some one walks into your house and expels you out of your area with just the cloths on your back, i think the comment on this page would be rather different in reality. the worlds people are in crisis where ISIS are...if you are not moslem then you are an infadel!!!.
Robert Khuma Sauka 2014/08/08 10:19:32 PM
Islam is a peaceful religion yet Iran doesn't see eye to eye with Saudi Arabia. ISIS is a manifestation of intolerance of that religion...that's why its hard to condemn Israel (they're doing our dirty work decimating these Musloaches