Turkey to send aid to displaced Iraqi Turkmen

Turkey to send aid to displaced Iraqi Turkmen
# 19 June 2014 18:42 (UTC +04:00)

Turkey's Foreign Ministry said the Turkish Red Crescent and the country's disaster relief authority will arrange the aid.

Thousands of Iraqi Turkmen have fled to other regions, mainly under Kurdish control, following the seizure of several cities by militants led by the group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, known as ISIL.

ISIL seized the city of Mosul on June 10 and went on to capture other cities in northern and western parts of Iraq, advancing towards the capital Baghdad.

The Kurdish Peshmerga security forces took control of several regions where Iraqi security forces had withdrawn from and have been involved in much of the fighting against ISIL.

A Turkmen leader, Aydin Maruf, said that four trucks of aid had already arrived in Sinjar, a region near Tal Afar.

According to the Anadolu Agency reporter in the city, no armed clashes or bomb attacks have taken place in northern oil city Kirkuk in the last fortnight.

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