ISIS kidnaps 150 Yazidi families in Sinjar, kills 500 Iraqi Yazidis, buries some alive

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ISIS kidnaps 150 Yazidi families in Sinjar, kills 500 Iraqi Yazidis, buries some alive

al-shorfa.com and rt.com

Iraq's Independent High Human Rights Commission on Saturday (August 9) said the so-called "Islamic State of Iraq and the Syria" (ISIS) has kidnapped 150 Iraqi Yazidi families, mostly women and children, near Sinjar Mount.

"The Commission has recorded the forced disappearance of 150 families as they tried to flee from their village near Sinjar, southeast of Mosul," commission member Fadhel al-Gharrawi said.

The families were on their way to a mountain for shelter before ISIS elements captured and removed them to an area on the Syria border where ISIS has camps, he noted.

Most of the victims are women and children, and the commission is trying to co-ordinate with the Iraqi forces to carry out a special operation to free them as soon as possible, he said.

ISIL would use those families as human shields to avoid being attacked, he added, noting that the relatives of those captured have notified the authorities that ISIL killed the old and disabled members of those families and took the rest with them.

Extremists from the Islamic State have earlier killed at least 500 people, including women and children, Iraqi officials said. Some of the victims were buried alive.

The killings reported by Iraqi Human Rights Minister Mohammed Shia al-Sudani to Reuters add to a long list of atrocities reportedly committed by the radical group in Iraq and neighboring Syria, where it wants to create a caliphate.

"We have striking evidence obtained from Yazidis fleeing [their ancient home city of] Sinjar and some who escaped death, and also crime scene images that show indisputably that the gangs of the Islamic State have executed at least 500 Yazidis after seizing Sinjar," Sudani said.

"Some of the victims, including women and children were buried alive in scattered mass graves in and around Sinjar," he added. Some 300 women were kidnapped as slaves, he said.

Yazidis are one of many Iraqi minorities persecuted by the Islamic State, which adheres to a fundamentalist branch of Sunni Islam. The militants offer people living in territories they control to either convert to their faith or face death.

At least 300 Yazidi families in the villages of Koja, Hatimiya, and Qaboshi, which were surrounded by the Islamists, are being forced into converting, witnesses reported on Saturday.

The threat posed by the militant offensive sent an estimated 130,000 of Iraqis, many of them Yazidis, fleeing for their lives. They are seeking refuge in Iraqi Kurdistan, where Kurd militias have been battling with the Islamic State for weeks.

According to UN reports, at least 40,000 Yazidis have been stranded in several locations on Mount Sinjar in north of Iraq, where food and water are scarce.

The refugees rely on airdrops for survival and the hardship has already claimed dozens of lives, especial of children.

Sun, 08/10/2014 - 14:35
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