ANKARA - The Turkish Red Crescent is sending trucks of aid to northern Iraq with enough food and humanitarian supplies for 10,000 people displaced by fighting in Mosul, the president of the agency said on Friday.
"In the first stage, we are sending this aid to the nearly 30 villages around Mosul that have been liberated. There are 3,000 to 4,000 people on the move from those villages, the trucks aim to reach them," Kerem Kinik told Reuters.
He said between 150,000-400,000 people could ultimately be displaced from Mosul and that additional camps were being built by Turkish aid agencies in northern Iraq in preparation. The Red Crescent said in a statement it was sending 20 trucks, with supplies including dried food, clothing and several hundred tents and beds.
Iraqi and Kurdish forces pursued operations on Friday to seize territory around Mosul in preparation for a long-anticipated offensive on the jihadists' last major stronghold in Iraq.