Yezidi mass grave found in Zumar following ISIS withdrawal

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Kurdish forces of the Peshmerga showing respect to Yezidis murdered by ISIS in northern Iraq. File photo

ARA News

Erbil, Kurdistan Region – 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.

Speaking to ARA News in Zumar, 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 distributed in the sub-districts of Qayyarah, al-Hadar, 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 found by the remnants of their dressed.

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 told ARA News.

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

 

Reporting by: Sarbaz Yusuf

Source: ARA News

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