Mount Sinjar

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11/12/2014. Sinjar Mountain, Iraq. Air Gunner Zaid Abbas tries to comfort a young Yazidi refugee traumatised by the crush that took place as she and her family tried to get onto an Iraqi Air Force Mi-171E Hip helicopter that will take them to safety.<br />
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Although a well publicised exodus of Yazidi refugees took place from Mount Sinjar in August 2014 many still remain on top of the 75 km long ridge-line, with estimates varying from 2000-8000 people, after a corridor kept open by Syrian-Kurdish YPG fighters collapsed during an Islamic State offensive. The mountain is now surrounded on all sides with winter closing in, the only chance of escape or supply being by Iraqi Air Force helicopters.