Japan to offer $1.8 million in aid for people in Iraq displaced by violence


The Japanese government will provide $1.8 million in emergency aid to support people in Iraq displaced by violence, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Wednesday.

The grant-in-aid will help the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees distribute relief supplies, such as tents.

Late last year, an armed group affiliated with al-Qaida occupied Fallujah and part of Ramadi, according to the Foreign Ministry.

Amid fighting with security forces, approximately 140,000 people had fled to other regions in the country as of the end of January.