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  Water aid heads to Iraq
Updated 17 April 2003, 16.29
Oxfam is using UN planes to fly its aid to the Gulf
A team from the charity Oxfam has flown to the Gulf with loads of water and water cleaning equipment, to try and help solve the problems in the country.

Lots of charities and businesses are trying to work out the best way to help Iraqi people, but the situation is difficult.

Oxfam is taking 17 tonnes of aid, including loads of giant tanks. Each holds enough water for 5,000 people for a day.

The UN convoy crosses the Turkish border into northern Iraq
The UN convoy crosses the Turkish border into northern Iraq
But when that's gone, the people there still won't have clean water supplies - especially in the south of the country.

Engineers who can fix that up are also going to Iraq.

More aid will also be flying to Iraq on Virgin Atlantic planes according to the company's boss, Sir Richard Branson.


The United Nations have also taken 100 trucks carrying around 3,000 tonnes of aid to the north of the country, which is very low on supplies.

That came in from Turkey, north of Iraq, and the UN said they have also opened another supply route from Jordan in the west.

Time is running out

But the UN have had a go at the US military, who they say have blocked a plane full of aid from landing in Iraq.

A spokesman for the UN said time was running out for the 60 percent of the Iraqi people who depend on food handouts.

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