Thousands of Iraqis trapped following ISIS attack

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An eight year old girl holds her little brother, aged three. Credit: S. Baldwin/UNHCR

Thousands of Iraqis are trapped in a mountain area after fleeing an attack by fighters of the Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), according to the UN humanitarian agency (OCHA).

ISIS attacks on the city of Sinjar in the northern part of the country have forced the people belonging to minority communities to flee their homes to safer areas.

OCHA says the displaced people are in urgent need of life-saving assistance.

Farhan Haq is Deputy UN Spokesperson.

"While the situation remains fluid and numbers cannot be independently verified, thousands of families, many of them women, children and the elderly, are now trapped on Mount Sinjar. Iraqi authorities estimate that there are some 50,000 people there. An estimated 200,000 people have reportedly made their way to the Dohuk Governorate in the Kurdish region or to disputed border areas inside Ninewa Province." (22")

Farhan Haq said UN agencies and partners are providing displaced people with emergency assistance including food, water, health care and basic household items.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.

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