(NEW YORK) -- The United Nations World Food Program is launching into an emergency operation to provide food for 43,500 of the most vulnerable individuals who were displaced by violence in Iraq this week.
As militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) have marched through and captured the cities of Mosul and Tikrit, the WFP hopes to deliver about 550 metric tons of food per month. The food, at a cost of about $1.5 million each month, will be delivered to Iraq through Turkey.
The WFP is already sending food assistance to 240,000 people displaced by conflict in the al-Anbar region of Iraq and over 100,000 refugees from Syria who are sheltered in Iraq as they fled violence in their home country.
Further UN staff was dispatched on Sunday to determine "further food needs" after thousands of people were displaced from the city of Mosul in the last week.
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