UN Security Council condemns ISIS seizure of Iraq's Sinjar
An Iraqi Yazidi woman from Sinjar cries as she stands among others in a school being used for refuge after fleeing ISIS violence (File/AFP)
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British Ambassador to the UN Mark Lyall Grant, who is the president of the Security Council for August, said in a statement on Tuesday that Council members are deeply concerned about the situation of hundreds of people facing ISIS brutalities in Iraq and Syria.
“The members of the Security Council note that the large-scale offensive carried out by ISIS in Iraq and Syria has a trans-border nature and affirm that ISIS poses a threat not only to these countries but to regional peace, security, and stability,” Grant said.
According to the UN, as many as 200,000 civilians, most of them from the Yazidi community, have fled their homes after the capture of the northern Iraqi town of Sinjar by the ISIS militants on Sunday.
Grant further said, “The members of the Security Council further recall that widespread or systematic attacks directed against any civilian population because of their ethnic background, religion or belief, may constitute a crime against humanity, for which those responsible must be held accountable.”
Furthermore, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) on Monday, reports suggest “some 35-50,000 people displaced in nine locations” are currently “surrounded” by ISIS members.
On August 3, the UN said a “humanitarian tragedy” was unfolding in Sinjir. The town had sheltered thousands of people displaced by the ISIS violence, which came to the region nearly two months ago.
Violence erupted in Iraq when ISIS militants took control of Mosul on June 10, which was followed by the takeover of Tikrit, located 140 kilometers (87 miles) northwest of the capital, Baghdad.