Over 600 Yezidis rescued from Mount Shingal to Duhok
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.