Home > News > World
Wednesday August 13, 2014 MYT 1:45:01 AM
Wednesday August 13, 2014 MYT 1:46:11 AM
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - An Iraqi army helicopter carrying aid and evacuating displaced members of the Yazidi minority in northern Iraq crashed on Tuesday, in an accident that killed the pilot and wounded passengers, a government spokesman said.
A Yazidi member of parliament, Vian Dakheel, was among those injured, the prime minister's military spokesman, Qassim Atta, told a televised news conference.
During a parliament session this month, Dakheel broke into tears describing the plight of her fellow Yazidis, who have fled hardline Sunni militants of the Islamic State during their onslaught in northern Iraq.
The New York Times reported that one of its reporters, Alissa Rubin, was also injured in the crash, suffering "an apparent concussion and broken wrists".
Aircraft have been dropping food and other supplies to Yazidis who have taken refuge in remote mountains. The United Nations said on Tuesday that 20,000 to 30,000 Yazidis may still be sheltering on the arid Mount Sinjar.
(Reporting by Raheem Salman; Writing by Alexander Dziadosz; Editing by Robin Pomeroy)
Iraq PM says will protect civilians after U.S.-Iraq air strikes against IS
Iraq's speaker warns of civilian deaths from U.S. air strikes
France says will take part in Iraq military air operation if needed
Insight - U.S. scouts for Sunni allies on the ground in Iraq
Islamic State executes eight Sunnis in northern Iraq
U.S. says won't unleash 'shock and awe' air campaign in Syria
U.N. says Palestinians, Israelis reach deal on Gaza reconstruction
South Africa postpones child travel rules opposed by tourism industry
Ukraine ratifies EU deal, offers special status to rebels
French PM urges more EU budget flexibility, weaker euro
World hunger easing but 1 in 9 people undernourished - food agencies
Canadian government urged to support Bangladesh trust fund
Common links: Taipei to Kaohsiung
IFA 2014: Tomorrow’s tech today
Copyright © 1995-2014 Star Publications (M) Bhd (Co No 10894-D)