By MARIAN WALLACE, Associated PressAUSTIN (AP) President Barack Obama is ordering a record 5,002 more medical surgical and surgical supplies into Iraq, the White House said Friday.
Obama made the announcement in an emergency phone call with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to seek more humanitarian aid from Iraq, which is on the brink of its worst humanitarian crisis since the 2003 U.S. invasion.
The new supplies include medical supplies, surgical tools, specialized instruments, equipment and supplies, Obama said.
The president said the supplies were being distributed by the United States, European Union and other international partners.
Obama called al-Abadi on Friday and asked for the Iraqi government to continue to provide humanitarian aid to those in need, the State Department said in a statement.
The U.N. refugee agency says more than 2,000 Iraqi civilians have been killed since the U.K. and France imposed sanctions in July.
The U.F.O. says Iraq is also suffering from the humanitarian crisis.
The White House says al-Sistani had also called on the United Nations and other U.P. partners to assist Iraq to secure its borders.