Yezidi mass grave found in Zu­mar fol­low­ing ISIS with­drawal

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS -

A mass grave con­tain­ing the re­mains of nearly 16 peo­ple of the Yezidi mi­nor­ity was found near the Shin­gal area (where Kur­dish Yezidis con­sti­tute a ma­jor­ity), lo­cal sources in the Zu­mar area in north­ern Iraq re­ported on Satur­day.

S. Hisso, a Yezidi res­i­dent, said that lo­cals found the bod­ies of 16 Yezidis in a mass grave, “their bod­ies were open and scat­tered in an open pit of more than 15 me­ters long”.

Hisso pointed out that the vic­tims were ap­par­ently mur­dered and thrown down the hole with­out be­ing buried.

“There are more Yezidi mass graves left by ex­trem­ists of the Is­lamic State af­ter their with­drawal, but we have not found them yet. Those mass graves are most likely scat­tered in the sub­dis­tricts of Qay­yarah, alHadar, Sin­jar, and Baaj,” he said.

The source pointed out that among the bod­ies there were small skulls be­long­ing to six chil­dren and the bod­ies of two women iden­ti­fied by the rem­nants of their dresses.

Also, sev­eral iden­tity cards that were found in the grave ver­i­fied that they were fol­low­ers of the Yezidi reli­gion.

“Ac­cord­ing to ex­perts, all the vic­tims found were killed in the first days of the Is­lamic State’s (IS/ ISIS) of­fen­sive against the area last Au­gust,” Hisso said.

Note­wor­thy, the Kur­dish Pesh­merga forces were able to re­gain con­trol of Zu­mar area, north­east of Mount Sin­jar, north­ern Iraq, fol­low­ing bat­tles with the IS mil­i­tants.

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