ISIS reportedly slaughtered 500 members of Iraq’s Yazidi minority during their offensive in northern Iraq. A Sunni lawmaker said the victims were buried alive.
August 5, 2014: Displaced families from the minority Yazidi sect, fleeing the violence, walk on the outskirts of Sinjar, west of Mosul. (REUTERS)
Nearly 40,000 members of Iraq’s Yazidi ethnic and religious minority group remained trapped Saturday on Sinjar Mountain.
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Three Hundred women were kidnapped as slaves.
Arab News reported:
Islamic State militants have killed at least 500 members of Iraq’s Yazidi ethnic minority during their offensive in the north of the country, Iraq’s human rights minister told Reuters on Sunday.
Mohammed Shia Al-Sudani said the Sunni militants had also buried alive some of their victims, including women and children. Some 300 women were kidnapped as slaves, he added.
An official from Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish government said at least 20,000 Yazidis who who had been besieged by jihadists on a mountain in northern Iraq have safely escaped to Syria and been escorted by Kurdish forces back into Iraq.
The official at the Fishkhabur crossing point said 30,000 displaced who had fled Mount Sinjar had come via Syria and crossed back into Iraq.
Lawmaker Vian Dakhil, who is from the Yazidi minority most of the Mount Sinjar displaced belong to, said 20,000 to 30,000 had managed to flee and were now in Iraqi Kurdistan.
There are reports that ISIS terrorists took hundreds of women captive in Iraq. (AlIraqi)