Feds to send humanitarian aid to Iraq

Displaced people from the minority Yazidi sect, fleeing violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjar west...

Displaced people from the minority Yazidi sect, fleeing violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjar west of Mosul, take refuge at Dohuk province, August 29, 2014. (REUTERS/Ari Jalal)

Jessica Hume, National Bureau

, Last Updated: 7:07 PM ET

OTTAWA — The federal government said it will deliver more than $2 million in humanitarian aid to Iraqis suffering under the onslaught of Islamic State (ISIS) militants.

Toothbrushes, bowls, tents, blankets, kitchen sets, jerry cans and other basic items will help thousands of displaced Iraqis, International Development Minister Christian Paradis told reporters Friday.

Canada has established a stockpile warehouse in Dubai, which Paradis said would make it easier and faster for the supplies to be distributed throughout the region.

Meanwhile, the feds said the Royal Canadian Air Force has delivered its first shipment of promised military equipment to security forces in Iraq to help in its fight against ISIS.

Media reports out of Iraq have detailed the violence — including decapitations, rape and torture — being committed by the terrorist group, which claims to have established a Caliphate, or Islamic state, within parts of Syria and Iraq.


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