ISIL attacks displace thousands of Izadi Kurds
US President Barack Obama vowed Saturday to help rescue thousands of civilians besieged by jihadists on an Iraqi mountain, as an MP warned they would not survive much longer. (AFP)
Thousands of Izadi Kurds have been killed or displaced since the ISIL terrorists attacked the mountainous Sinjar region in northern Iraq, Press TV reports.
This comes as a great number of Izadi Kurds fled from the ISIL violence into the Sinjar Mountain range, becoming trapped for days without food or water. Some western countries have begun airlifting food and water to them.
On Wednesday, the UN special envoy to Iraq Nickolay Mladenov declared the highest level of emergency for the humanitarian crisis in Iraq, noting that “Level 3 Emergency” will trigger additional goods, funds and assets to respond to the needs of those displaced.
“Izadi Kurds are facing a real humanitarian disaster. They are displaced completely from their cities and we have been informed that some 600 female Izadi Kurds are being held captive by the ISIL. More than 500 children are dead, the international community must react towards this tragedy,” Kamel Amin, a spokesman for Iraq’s Human Rights Ministry, told Press TV.
The ISIL militants have reportedly taken the female captives to an unknown location. According to some sources, they are held in a prison in Nineveh Province and used as sex slaves by militants.
The ISIL has taken several towns since it intensified its attacks in Iraq in mid-June. The Iraqi army is engaged in fierce fighting with the ISIL militants to push them out of the captured areas.
Tens of thousands of people have been displaced after their cities were captured by ISIL militants, including the residents of the Christian town of Qaraqosh and the Izadi Kurds of Sinjar town. The ISIL terrorists say they will continue their raids towards Iraqi capital Baghdad.
Thousands of the Izadi Kurds crossed the border with Syria to escape the violence in northern Iraq.