Yazidi militia killed 21 in Iraq revenge attack

Members of the Yazidi militia have killed 21 in a revenge attack in Iraq.

Yazidi militia killed 21 in Iraq revenge attack

World Bulletin / News Desk

Members of the Yazidi community, one of the Iraqi minorities hardest hit by figthers, have  killed 21 Arab villagers in a January revenge attack, said Amnesty International.

Amnety investigated attacks carried out on January 25 by a Yazidi militia in Jiri and Sibaya, two Arab villages in the Sinjar region of northern Iraq.

"Virtually not a single house was spared. Half of those killed were elderly or disabled men and women and children," Amnesty said in a report.

40 people were abducted with 17 still missing.

One of the witness that Amnesty spoke to was a father who lost two sons aged 15 and 20 in the attack. Their 12-year-old brother was shot four times in the back but survived.

"We could not imagine the assailants would target the old and the sick but they did," one man told Amnesty, describing how his 66-year-old father was shot dead in his wheelchair.

The Yazidis, a religious minority which lives mainly in Iraq's Sinjar region, are neither Muslims nor Arabs and follow a unique faith despised by ISIL.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 10 Haziran 2015, 11:39