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United Kingdom deploys humanitarian experts to Iraq

A family fleeing the violence in Mosul waits at a checkpoint on the outskirts of Arbil. Credit: Reuters/Stringer

The United Kingdom has deployed humanitarian experts to Iraq to help assess the situation as over half a million people flee the Islamist insurgency in the north of the country.

In a statement, International Development Secretary Justine Greening said:

“Hundreds of thousands of people, including vulnerable women and children, are being forced to flee their homes as fighting spreads across Northern Iraq.

“Last night I deployed a team of humanitarian experts to assess the situation on the ground and coordinate with our partners. We are monitoring the situation very closely and stand ready to provide whatever help is needed.”

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