500 Yezidis killed by Islamic State militants, some buried alive: Iraqi Minister

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Displaced Yezidi childer who crossed borders into Syria with their families, and currently based in Newroz Camp near Derik city. Photo: ARA News

ARA News

Duhok, Iraqi Kurdistan – Mohammed al-Sudani, Iraqi Minister of Human Rights, stated on Sunday that militants of the Islamic State group (IS) killed during the operations in Shingal area in northern Iraq more than 500 Yezidi Kurds.

Al-Sudani told Reuters that IS militants buried many of the Yezidi civilians in Shingal alive.

“Many women and children were buried alive by extremists of IS,” al-Sudani stated.

According to the Iraqi Minister of Human Rights, 300 Yezidi women were taken captives by IS militants after the latter executed their men.

“We have clear evidence on IS crimes. All these evidence were received from survivors from Shingal,” al-Sudani said, adding that the evidence includes images for the executions’ locations. “At least 500 Yezidis are so far killed by IS terrorists.”

Noteworthy, tens of thousands of Yezidi Kurds were forcibly displaced from their homes in Shingal and resorted to Sinjar mount in far northeast of Iraq, fleeing torture and death by IS militants, after the latter total controlled the area and continue their advance in northern Iraq.

 

Reporting by: Jiwan Ibrahim

Source: ARA News

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