Netherlands to provide aid for Ezidis on Mount Sinjar

- The Dutch government is ready to provide humanitarian relief for Ezidis seeking refuge on Mount Sinjar, officials say.

ANKARA (AA) – The Dutch government has decided to provide humanitarian aid for Ezidis in Iraq who took refuge on Mount Sinjar from terrorist attacks by the Islamic State (IS).

Foreign Trade and Development Minister, Lilianne Ploumen, told the Dutch parliament on Thursday that foodstuffs, water and blankets would be provided to Ezidis on Mount Sinjar.

Ploumen said the decision to provide aid followed meetings by different partners and civil society organizations in the region. She said Australian troops in the region would distribute the aid - worth 1 million Euro - in the form of airdrops.

The relief supplies will be provided by money transferred from emergency funds, according to Ploumen.

In a plane belonging to the armed forces of the Netherlands, aid supplies will be taken to the United Arab Emirates on Sunday and delivered to the Australian troops.

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