RAF makes second aid drop to Yazidi on Mount Sinjar in Iraq

Group Captain Simon Edwards from RAF Brize Norton says they have been able to drop a second planeload of “essential supplies” on behalf of the Department for International Development over Mount Sinjar in Iraq to assist thousands of people trapped as they flee advancing militants.
British forces have dropped a second round of aid to thousands of people trapped on a mountain as they flee advancing militants in Iraq.

The RAF was able to deliver “essential supplies” over Mount Sinjar last night to assist the Yazidis, the Department for International Development (DfID) confirmed.

The move follows an aborted attempt to deliver aid to the location in northern Iraq, which was called off when the RAF crew decided that the supplies could have injured the desperate people below.
A first successful aid drop took place last weekend.

DfID said the UK’s second aid drop included 3,180 reusable water purification containers filled with 15,900 litres of clean water and 816 solar lamps that can also be used to charge mobile phones.