August 29, 2014 11:04 am

Canada sends relief, weaponry donated from Albania to Iraq

Iraq unrest

A member of the Iraqi emergency services extinguishes smoke at the site of a car bomb explosion in a commercial district of new Baghdad on August 26, 2014.

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OTTAWA – Canada is sending relief supplies to Iraq from a newly established warehouse in Dubai.

International Development Minister Christian Paradis says the Dubai stockpile includes including tents, blankets, kitchen sets, hygiene kits, and jerry cans.

So far this year, Canada has earmarked $21 million for humanitarian needs in Iraq.

The Harper government also says that a Canadian Forces C-177 transport plane has completed its first delivery of military equipment to Iraq, landing with cargo donated by Albania.

The flight was part of an international effort to supply Iraqi security forces with small arms and ammunition to support the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

Paradis says the decision to locate an emergency warehouse in Dubai allows a faster response to events in Asia and Africa.

© 2014 The Canadian Press

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