Eighty Yazidis killed in northern Iraq 'massacres'

A push by the rebels through northern Iraq to the border with the Kurdish region has sent tens of thousands of Yazidis, Turkmen and Christians fleeing for their lives.

Eighty Yazidis killed in northern Iraq 'massacres'

World Bulletin / News Desk

Rebels from the self-proclaimed "Islamic State" have reportedly "massacred" some 80 members of Iraq's Yazidi minority in a village in the country's north, a Yazidi lawmaker and two Kurdish officials said on Friday.

"They arrived in vehicles and they started their killing this afternoon," senior Kurdish official Hoshiyar Zebari told Reuters. "We believe it's because of their creed: convert or be killed."

A Yazidi lawmaker and another senior Kurdish official also said the killings had taken place and that the women of the village were kidnapped.

A push by the rebels through northern Iraq to the border with the Kurdish region has alarmed the Baghdad government, drawn the first U.S. air strikes since the end of American occupation in 2001 and sent tens of thousands of Yazidis, Turkmen and Christians fleeing for their lives.

Yazidi parliamentarian Mahama Khalil said he had spoken to villagers who had survived the attack. They said the killings took place during a one-hour period.

It has been reported that the rebels have killed at least 500 members of Iraq's Yazidi ethnic minority during their offensive in the north, Iraq's human rights minister told Reuters on Sunday.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 16 Ağustos 2014, 12:45
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