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Iraq: French Foreign Minister arrives in Erbil *POOL*00:45

Iraq: French Foreign Minister arrives in Erbil *POOL*

Iraq, Erbil
August 10, 2014 at 11:50 GMT +00:00 · Published

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius arrived in Iraq and visited Erbil airport on Sunday as humanitarian aid was flown in from France. A 15 metric tonne (2,362 stone) cargo worth of supplies will be distributed to the Iraqi people.

In Erbil Fabius met with Kurdish leader Massoud Baszani, and after the meeting he announced that further supplies would be air-dropped to the Yezidi community. Earlier in the day Fabius visited Baghdad and spoke with his Iraqi counterpart Hussein Chahristani.

Fleeing persecution, latest figures put the number of Yezidis currently trapped and surrounded by ISIS forces on Mount Sinjar as high as 100,000 people. Thousands have been rescued by Peshmerga forces, who have opened a humanitarian corridor leading to the Kurdistan Region through Rojava. According to Iraqi authorities, around 500 Yezidis have been killed in the ISIS onslaught.

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French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius arrived in Iraq and visited Erbil airport on Sunday as humanitarian aid was flown in from France. A 15 metric tonne (2,362 stone) cargo worth of supplies will be distributed to the Iraqi people.

In Erbil Fabius met with Kurdish leader Massoud Baszani, and after the meeting he announced that further supplies would be air-dropped to the Yezidi community. Earlier in the day Fabius visited Baghdad and spoke with his Iraqi counterpart Hussein Chahristani.

Fleeing persecution, latest figures put the number of Yezidis currently trapped and surrounded by ISIS forces on Mount Sinjar as high as 100,000 people. Thousands have been rescued by Peshmerga forces, who have opened a humanitarian corridor leading to the Kurdistan Region through Rojava. According to Iraqi authorities, around 500 Yezidis have been killed in the ISIS onslaught.