Germany sends aid to Kurds

Germany has started to send 36 tonnes of aid to the Kurdish Regional Government in northern Iraq

Germany has started to send 36 tonnes of aid to the Kurdish Regional Government in northern Iraq

BERLIN – Germany has sent its first humanitarian aid flight to northern Iraq, the government has announced.

The first air force cargo plane to deliver food, water, blankets and medicine took off from an airbase in Hohn, northern Germany, on Friday morning for Erbil, the capital of the semi-autonomous Kurdish region.

Speaking at the base, German Defense Minister Ursula von der said: "Of course this is just the beginning and we're working hard on sending further aid if necessary and it's becoming apparent that is the case."

The German air force will carry 36 tonnes of aid on several flights, government spokesman Steffen Seibert said.

The planes will head to Erbil via Burgas in Bulgaria and the Incirlik U.S. airbase in southern Turkey and are due to arrive on Saturday morning.

Meanwhile, Foreign Ministry spokesman Martin Schaefer welcomed Haider al-Abadi as the new prime minister of Iraq.

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