Iraq: Yazidi children rescued from Mount Sinjar by Iraqi and Kurdish forces
Iraqi and Kurdish forces airlift children and the elderly from Mount Sinjar where they had fled to get away from Islamic State militants
10:45AM BST 11 Aug 2014
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Footage has emerged of Iraqi and Kurdish forces rescuing children from Mount Sinjar in Iraq after they had fled militants from the Islamic State group.
The video provider, Steven Nabil, had direct contact with the source of the footage, 'AJK', who supplied the material on condition that they remain anonymous.
The children were flown from Sinjar mountain, where a helicopter had been delivering aid to thousands of minority Yazidis who have been stranded on a scorching mountaintop since the Islamic militants seized Sinjar, near the Syrian border, last week.
They were then taken to Zakho in the self-declared autonomous Iraqi Kurdish region.
Meanwhile, thousands of Yazidi refugees fleeing Islamic State militants continued to pour across the border from Syria into Iraq after a week-long journey through blazing hot mountains.
Followers of an ancient religion with links to Zoroastrianism, the Yazidis said the militants had given them the choice of converting to Islam or dying.
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