Hundreds of Yazidis arrive in Turkish tent city

Midyat refugee camp is set to accept thousands of Yazidis after the completion of medical check-ups.

Hundreds of Yazidis arrive in Turkish tent city

World Bulletin / News Desk

Hundreds of Yazidis who fled the conflict in Iraq arrived Sunday in a refugee camp in southeastern Turkey, officials said.

The tent city in the Midyat district of Turkey's southeastern province of Mardin received as many as 1,750 Yazidis, who will be accepted into the camp after the completion of health check-ups, district governor Oguzhan Bingol said.

"All kinds of opportunities and social activities are being provided for Yazidis at this camp in order to ensure that they take shelter in a comfortable setting," Bingol said.

An onslaught by self-styled 'Islamic State' fighters on the traditional Yazidi town of Sinjar and surrounding villages near Mosul city forced thousands of Yazidis from their homes.

According to Iraq’s human rights minister, Mohammed Shia al-Sudani, the IS killed hundreds of Yazidis and buried some alive, including women and children.

As well as those massacred by the militants, many died of thirst and starvation before a rescue operation was launched.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 18 Ağustos 2014, 09:22