PRIME minister David Cameron called in to see the UK’s disaster response operations centre at Cotswold Airport this morning, two days after the Government announced it was giving £3 million in emergency aid for refugees in Iraq.
The PM spent 40 minutes at the former RAF base where the centre houses equipment and supplies ready to be deployed by British teams in an emergency.
On Tuesday, as minister Desmond Swayne was visiting the centre, his boss, International Development Secretary Justine Greening revealed the money would be fast tracked to provide food, water, medical supplies and sanitation to more than 100,000 people in the north of the country.
She said: “British planes are dropping much-needed aid to help thousands of families stranded on the Sinjar Mountains. DFID is stepping up its work with charities across northern Iraq where nearly 1.5 million people have fled their homes in recent months.
“Our support is helping hundreds of thousands of Iraqis get the food, water and sanitation they desperately need.”
The money is going to Mercy Corps, Save the Children, the International Rescue Committee and Action Against Hunger.
Britain has so far released £8 million of emergency assistance for Iraq, including supplies air dropped to people trapped in the Sinjar mountains and £2.5 million for the International Committee of the Red Cross to give immediate medical and humanitarian help.
RAF transport planes from Brize Norton have already dropped supplies to refugees.