Desperate scenes as Iraqi army sends humanitarian aid and evacuates Turkmen fleeing ISIS siege on Amerli.
Many of the Turkmen families were airlifted to safety.
The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) slaughtered 700 Turkmen civilians last month, including “children, women, and old people,” United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) Iraq chief Marzio Babille confirmed.
Babille told Agenzia Nazionale Stampa Associata (ANSA) that the massacre of members of the country’s Shiite minority occurred in the northern Iraqi village of Beshir between July 11th and 12th.
The Turkmen ethnic group makes up roughly four percent of Iraq’s population, according to the BBC. As members of the Shia Muslim sect, they are directly targeted by Islamic State Sunni extremists, who consider them apostates.
Navi Pillay, the UN’s high commissioner for human rights, warned of the increasingly desperate plight of thousands of Turkmen who have been under seige for two months in the village of Amerli, which is located about 110 miles northwest of Baghdad.