The Iranian foreign ministry reacted angrily to criticism by the United Nations of the country's execution of 20 Kurdish militants earlier this month.

Hundreds of Kurds fleeing villages held by the Islamic State (ISIS) terror organization in northern Syria amid a wave of mass abductions have been shot at, with several killed or wounded, opposition activists and a Kurdish official said Saturday.

Israel has joined the international relief effort to help the Yazidis, Christians and other refugees who are fleeing from the Islamic State (ISIS). The support is coming through IsraAid and their partners who are distributing emergency supplies.

An Israeli aid organization has sent relief to Yazidis and Christians fleeing Islamic State oppression and has further plans to help them survive the winter.