Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Australia has carried out its first airdrop to refugees in northern Iraq. They are joining a growing international effort to deliver humanitarian assistance. The cargo included 150 boxes of high energy biscuits and 340 boxes of bottled water – enough to sustain 3,700 people for 24 hours.
Referring to Islamic State militants, previously known as ISIL Mr. Abbott says, “The mission was conducted by a RAAF C-130J Hercules delivering 10 pallets of badly needed supplies to Yazidi civilians trapped on Mount Sinjar by encircling ISIL forces”.
The Prime Minister further added that, “Initial reports are that the drop was conducted successfully and the aircraft is returning to base. The aid drops will continue until the security of the Yazidi civilians is assured and they can safely move from Mount Sinjar.”