UN declares highest-level humanitarian emergency in Iraq

August 14, 2014 11:03 AM

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UN declares highest-level humanitarian emergency in Iraq

The United Nations announced late Wednesday that it had declared the humanitarian crisis in Iraq to be the highest level of emergency, while clashes between Iraqi troops and Sunni militants west of Baghdad killed at least four children.

The U.N. on Wednesday declared the situation in Iraq a "Level 3 Emergency" -- a development that will trigger additional goods, funds and assets to respond to the needs of the displaced, said U.N. special representative Nickolay Mladenov, pointing to the "scale and complexity of the current humanit...

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