Mass grave of 80 Yazidis found in northern Iraqi province
A Yazidi woman searches for clues that might lead her to missing relatives in the wake of Daesh's recent attacks on members of the minority. (AFP/Safin Hamed)
The Iraqi Ministry of Human Rights announced Monday the discovery of a mass grave of 80 Yazidis in a village west of Nineveh province in northern Iraq.
“(The mass grave) contained the remains of 80 Yazidi citizens of different ages,” the ministry said in a statement.
Daesh (ISIS) took control of Nineveh province and other areas in the north and west of the country when it led a sweeping attack last summer.
In the subsequent months, the group expanded into areas inhabited by the minority Yazidis around Sinjar to the west of Nineveh.
According to reports, massacres were committed by extremists against the region’s occupants, who Daesh considers “infidels and devil worshippers.”
The reports also said extremists kidnapped hundreds of Yazidi girls and women and took them as slaves.
Over the course of the last few months, regional forces in northern Iraq discovered a number of mass graves containing the remains of Yazidis who died at the hands of Daesh.