Delegation of the European Union to Iraq

EU aid operations in Iraq: planes deliver 266 tonnes of relief assistance

15/01/2017 - 15:46
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The European Commission Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO) team is currently working alongside EU Member States to facilitate emergency aid deliveries in Iraq, to help people affected by the crisis in Mosul.

Winterisation support and emergency trauma care are key priorities. In 2016, the EU gave humanitarian aid of over €159 million to Iraq.  Now, three additional planes carrying emergency assistance from Austria and France have landed in Iraq, bringing the total number of flights facilitated and co-financed by the Commission to nine. To date, Austria, Germany, Denmark, Finland, France, Sweden as well as Norway have offered over 266 tonnes (1636 cubic metres) of relief assistance through the EU's Civil Protection Mechanism to assist civilians displaced due to the Mosul military operations.

"The EU's aid operations in Iraq have now delivered urgently needed material such as tents, blankets, generators, hygiene articles, five tonnes of medicine and medical equipment. Let me thank all countries who have channelled support through the EU's Civil Protection Mechanism. This aid can make a real difference for civilians trapped inside Mosul and other locations affected by the conflict and those displaced by the fighting who are facing extremely dire conditions.  It is crucial to ensure the protection of all civilians and the respect of International Humanitarian Law during and after the conduct of hostilities," said Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides.

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