US airdrops food to civilians stranded on mountain in Iraq

Written by PTI | Washington | Updated: Aug 10 2014, 16:15pm hrs
The US military planes dropped containers of meals and water to thousands of religious minorities trapped on Iraq's Sinjar mountain after fleeing the rampaging militants of the Islamic State.

This airdrop was conducted by one C-17 and two C-130 cargo aircraft, which together dropped a total of 72 bundles of supplies, the US Central Command said yesterday.

The C-17 dropped 40 container delivery system bundles of fresh drinking water totaling 3,804 gallons.

In addition, the two C-130s dropped 32 bundles totaling 16,128 meals ready to eat, it said.

Thousands of families from the Yazidi minority community are trapped on the Sinjar mountain without food and water after fleeing the rampaging fighters of the Islamic State, also known as Islamic State of Iraq and Syria or ISIS.

So far, US military aircraft have delivered more than 52,000 meals and more than 10,600 gallons of fresh drinking water, providing much-needed aid to the displaced Yazidis, who urgently require emergency assistance.