Islamic State militants abduct, sell Yazidi women

Published August 31st, 2014 - 03:54 GMT

Islamic State militants have abducted several dozen female Yazidi Kurds in Iraq and sold them to fellow militants in Syria, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) says.

The Britain-based group said on Saturday that at least 27 Yazidi women had been sold for around USD 1,000 each to IS terrorists.

The group noted that it was aware that some 300 Yazidi women had been kidnapped and taken to Syria by the IS, but it had so far documented the sale of 27.

In recent weeks around 300 Yazidi women and girls “who were abducted in Iraq have been distributed as spoils of war” to IS militants, the SOHR said in a statement, adding that it documented “at least 27 cases of those being sold … in the northeast of Aleppo province, and parts of Raqa and Hassakeh provinces.”

The group also claimed some Syrian Arabs and Kurds had tried to buy some of the women in an attempt to release them, but they were only being sold to IS militants.

It is not clear what had happened to the rest of the 300 women, the SOHR said.

Earlier in August, UN religious right monitor Heiner Bielefeldt warned of reports of women being executed and abducted by the IS terror group.

“We have reports of women being executed and unverified reports that strongly suggest that hundreds of women and children have been kidnapped -- many of the teenagers have been sexually assaulted, and women have been assigned or sold to” IS militants, he said.

The IS terrorists currently control parts of Syria and Iraq’s northern and western regions, where they have been committing heinous crimes, including the mass execution of civilians and Iraqi security forces.

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