August 13, 2014 2:22 pm
Updated: August 13, 2014 2:23 pm

WATCH: Helicopters taking stranded people from mountain in Iraq


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.

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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.

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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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