Washington, DC, United States (4E) – U.S. military planes dropped meals and water to Iraqi minorities trapped in a mountain on Thursday, a U.S. defense official said.
The U.S. Central Command directed the humanitarian airdrops in northern Iraq’s Mount Sinjar on orders of President Barack Obama acting as commander in chief, the official said Thursday night.
No one was hurt in the mission and the planes have safely exited the airdrop zone, according to the official.
No details of the supplies were given, but Obama is making a statement about the action in a press conference at the White House set at 9:30 p.m. ET.
The airdrop was prompted by the death of some children from dehydration and heat as their families fled to the barren mountaintop to escape death from Islamic militants who overran their villages in Sinjar town. The militants belonging to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) are reportedly executing non-Muslims.
Around 40,000 ethnic Kurds called Yazidis sought refuge in the mountain surrounded by militants. Exposure to heat and lack of water is taking a toll on the evacuees as the Iraqi government have yet to launch a rescue mission.