UN: ISIS committing ethnic cleansing
The Yazidis are one of many groups targeted by ISIS. (AFP/File)
The UN high commissioner for human rights, Navi Pillay, says the ISIS terrorists have committed crimes against humanity by killing hundreds of Shia prisoners in the Iraqi city of Mosul.
Pillay said in a statement in Geneva that the ongoing ruthless campaign of “ethnic and religious cleansing” by ISIS militants in Iraq amounted to a crime against humanity.
According to Pillay, eyewitness accounts show that on June 10, the terrorists took hundreds of prisoners from a Mosul prison to a vacant area for screening.
Pillay also says the militants separated the Sunni prisoners and lined up the remaining Shia inmates in several rows.
They ordered the prisoners to get on their knees and then opened fire, killing up to 670 people on the spot, the UN human rights chief added.
The top UN official also noted that the group has committed acts of ethnic and religious cleansing against other minority groups like Christians, Turkmens and Izadi Kurds.
The ISIS terrorists have threatened various communities, including Shias, Sunnis, Kurds, Christians and Yazidi Kurds, during their advances in Iraq.
They have been committing heinous crimes in the areas they have taken, including the mass execution of civilians as well as Iraqi army troops and officers.
The Iraqi army, Kurdish fighters and volunteer groups are engaged in fierce fighting with the ISIS militants to push them out of the captured areas.
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