14 June 2014
Last updated at 12:09
Thousands of Iraqis have fled their homes
The UK will provide an initial £3m in emergency aid to help civilians fleeing the Islamist insurgency in Iraq, the government has said.
International Development Secretary Justine Greening said the package included clean water, medicine and protection for vulnerable women.
Hundreds of thousands of people have fled their homes after insurgents seized the cities of Mosul and Tikrit.
Ms Greening said Iraq faced “serious humanitarian need”.
The insurgents, from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) have been moving closer to Baghdad, with Kurdish militants responding in some areas.
After officials from the Department for International Development were deployed to Iraq on Thursday, Ms Greening has activated the UK’s Rapid Response Facility, which provides emergency support using a network of pre-approved organisations.
Basic household items and hygiene kits will also be provided, and United Nations teams will be sent into refugee camps to protect women and girls.
Ms Greening said: “Iraq is facing serious humanitarian need and the UK contribution to the international relief response will include initial funding for clean water, medicine and sanitation, as well as support for the UNHCR [UN High Commissioner for Refugees] to provide dedicated safety and welfare teams to protect vulnerable women.”