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Drone from RAF Waddington used to support French airstrikes over Syria

It has been confirmed that drones controlled from Lincolnshire have been used to provide support for French airstrikes over Syria.

French President Francois Hollande authorised the action on Sunday following Friday's terrorist attacks in Paris.

The Ministry of Defence has today said that the Reaper drone - operated from RAF Waddington - was used to support French aircrews.

This is footage from an RAF Reaper strike on an ISIL vehicle on the 12th November.


Refugee aid convoy rolls out of Yorkshire

Preparing to leave

Calderdale has become the latest local authority in our region to say it will welcome refugees from Syria. The council says it will take in 50 adults and families with children. The authority is working in conjunction with St Augustine's in Halifax, a charity run centre which already provides support to refugees and has recently launched a new appeal for funds.

Meanwhile, tons more aid destined for refugees of the continent was driven out of Yorkshire tonight . The One Nation charity in Batley loaded up a huge 40 foot trailer with food, clothes and bedding. The truck will join up to 50 others near London tonight in a convoy heading for France. Donations have come from all over Yorkshire. Here's the Batley and Spen MP Jo Cox.

York leaders to discuss migrant crisis aid

The leaders of York City Council will meet today to discuss how the city can offer assistance to Syrian refugees.

Credit: Press Association

Councillors will meet with charity workers and community leaders and are expected to decide how many Syrians York can house. This follows the Prime Minister's recent commitment to allow 20,000 refugees into the UK.

York has a long standing history of welcoming people into its city, including Kosovan Albanians who were rescued from refugee camps in Macedonia in1999, and we will do everything we can to continue to lead the way in offering support to Syrian families. The government is indicating that financial support will be forthcoming for supportive action taken and it's crucial that alongside this we continue our discussions with key partners to look at what we can do at a local level.

– Cllr Chris Steward, Leader of City of York Council

York joined the City of Sanctuary in 2012, one of 30 cities across the UK that offers vulnerable visitors a place of safety and helps integrate them into local communities.

Rallies welcome refugees

A series of rallies have been held across our region today aimed at highlighting the plight of refugees fleeing war-torn Syria.

Campaigners attach welcome banners to Doncaster's Mansion House. Credit: Phil Iveson

Under the banner " Refugees are welcome here " campaigners assembled in Doncaster, Leeds, Bradford, Huddersfield, Sheffield, Hull, and Barnsley to urge the government to do more to protect and take in the refugees. A national demonstration was also held in London.

Campaigners are also helping to provide the refugees with practical aid by setting up collection points to receive donated clothing and other items.


Question mark hangs over cash-strapped councils' pledge to take in refugees

Towns and cities across our region have promised to take in some of the tens of thousands of refugees heading to the UK.

Yesterday the Government pledged to take 20 thousand people from Syria over the next five years.

Today - councils in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire have been setting out how they could help. But there are questions about how the already-struggling councils - can afford it all. Michael Billington reports.

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