Yezidis demonstrate in Germany in condemnation of crimes against their community in northern Iraq. Photo: ARA News
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ERBIL – Kurdish forces of the Peshmerga have freed 18 Yezidi hostages that had been held by the militant group of Islamic State in northern Iraq, officials said on Tuesday.
Security Department of Asayish in Iraqi Kurdistan said in a statement that the Peshmerga has freed the Yezidi hostages on Monday evening during a “strategic operation” in Shingal area in northern Iraq.
“The group of hostages included ten children and eight women from the Yezidi community in Shingal,” a Kurdish source told ARA News in Erbil.
“They have been held in a building in southern Shingal. The strategic operation was carried out by the Peshmerga after receiving information that the building has been used as a detention center by Daesh (ISIS),” the source added.
The freed hostages arrived in Duhok city in the Kurdistan Region for treatment after being exposed to torture at the hands of ISIS militants.
“They are suffering a post-traumatic stress due to the horrible experience in the Daesh detention, beside the physical torture at the hands of those barbarians,” the Kurdish source told ARA News.
Thousands of Yezidi civilians are held hostages by the ISIS radical group, including teenage girls who have been taken as sex slaves by the group’s militants.
Reporting by: Sarbaz Yousef
Source: ARA News