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Iraqi Previously Trapped on Mt. Sinjar Tells Reporter Parents Were 'Giving Thirsty Children Blood to Drink

"They've told us harrowing stories."

A man from the displaced Iraqi Yazidi community holds the hand of a child as they cross the Iraqi-Syrian border at the Fishkhabur crossing, in northern Iraq, on August 11, 2014. At least 20,000 civilians, most of whom are from the Yazidi community, who had been besieged by jihadists on a mountain in northern Iraq have safely escaped to Syria and been escorted by Kurdish forces back into Iraq, officials said. The breakthrough coincided with US air raids on Islamic State fighters in the Sinjar area of northwestern Iraq on August 9, and Kurdish forces from Iraq, Syria and Turkey working together to break the siege of Mount Sinjar and rescue the displaced. AFP PHOTO/AHMAD AL-RUBAYE AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images

Displaced Iraqi parents were "giving thirsty children blood to drink" before U.S. humanitarian aid arrived last week, according to a report.

The Iraqis, trapped on Mt. Sinjar after fleeing the Islamic State terror group, turned to extreme measures when they ran out of water.

A man from the displaced Iraqi Yazidi community holds the hand of a child as they cross the Iraqi-Syrian border at the Fishkhabur crossing, in northern Iraq, on August 11, 2014. (Al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images)

Sky News reporter Sherine Tadros spoke to some of them.

"They've told us harrowing stories," she said. "One man has just told us how he saw four children die of thirst. There was nowhere to bury them on the mountain so they just put rocks on their bodies.

[sharequote align="center"]"[C]hildren were so thirsty, their parents started cutting their own hands and giving them blood to drink."[/sharequote]

"Another man was saying the children were so thirsty, their parents started cutting their own hands and giving them blood to drink," Tadros continued.

On Wednesday, a Pentagon official said a team of U.S. Army Special Forces had flown to the mountain in Northern Iraq to assess the situation and determine possible ways to rescue the Iraqis.

President Barack Obama has said that he remains committed to providing the stranded civilians food and water through airdrops.

(H/T: Right Scoop)

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