Over 600 Yezidis res­cued from Mount Shin­gal to Duhok

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS -

Over 600 Yezidis, who fled to Mount Shin­gal fear­ing from Is­lamic State threats, were trans­ported by plane to Duhok Prov­ince. Trans­fer­ring the other dis­placed peo­ple is ex­pected to con­tinue in the com­ing days.

Ac­cord­ing to Qas­sim Shasho, Pesh­mega Forces Com­man­der in Mount Shin­gal, there are cur­rently over 9000 civil­ian Kur­dish Yezidis and 3000 Pesh­merge and Yezidi fight­ers liv­ing on the Mount. They are liv­ing in a bad sit­u­a­tion since the only source of foods is through planes.

“When­ever it is rain­ing and wind is blow­ing, the planes can­not bring sup­plies for the refugees. In the past few days, we were able to res­cue 600 peo­ple and trans­fer them to Duhok Prov­ince. Some of the dis­placed peo­ple refuse to leave the moun­tain un­til Shin­gal is re­taken,” said Shasho.

Shasho also said that the con­di­tion of Pesh­merga and other fight­ers is good and they are now pre­par­ing for lib­er­at­ing Shin­gal town. “We are wait­ing for the or­der from our se­nior lead­ers in or­der to start at­tack­ing the en­emy and lib­er­at­ing the oc­cu­pied ar­eas. The Is­lamic State fight­ers have lost their morale; they used to at­tack the Mount in the past, but they are cur­rently re­treat­ing,” re­vealed Shasho.

Thou­sands of Yazidis, a mi­nor­ity that be­lieve in a 4,000-year-old faith, took cover in Mount Shin­gal four months ago after flee­ing ad­vanc­ing Is­lamic State fight­ers. Kur­dish se­cu­rity forces opened a road to the moun­tain, res­cu­ing more than 5,000 Yazidis.

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