I condemn ISIL’s attacks in north west Iraq in recent days. ISIL’s attacks in and around Sinjar have caused thousands to flee their homes, including from the Yezidi community, and are the latest example of ISIL’s brutality, intolerance and victimisation of minority ethnic and religious groups. I am also concerned by reports of ISIL attacks against towns to the east of Mosul in the last twenty-four hours.
It is appalling that ISIL is preventing displaced and vulnerable people around Sinjar from reaching a place of safety where they can be provided with food, water and life-saving assistance. UN agencies are ready to respond, with strong support and funding from the international community, but ISIL is standing between displaced communities and the agencies that can help them.
The UK has committed £5 million to the now fully funded Iraq humanitarian appeal to provide urgent assistance to those displaced by conflict in Iraq. UK support will reach up to 140,000 people, delivered through UNHCR, the World Food Programme, UNICEF, International Rescue Committee, and others. We are also working closely with the UN and other partners to ensure aid reaches those most in need.’