TORONTO – Iraqi military personnel rescued people stranded on the country’s Mount Sinjar mountain Wednesday, leaving food and water for those left behind.
A video shows people, many of them women and children, being transported in a helicopter as aid is dropped off to those stranded below.
On Tuesday, a Russian-built Iraqi military helicopter, which was providing aid to people stranded on a mountain after fleeing Islamic militants, crashed.
The helicopter was destabilized when too many tried to climb aboard. The pilot Majid Abdul-Salam was killed.
Iraqi parliamentarian Vian Dakheel, a member of the minority Yazidi community most affected by the fighting, was aboard the Mi-17 helicopter and was injured in the crash.
A New York Times reporter and a freelance photographer also survived the crash.
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