UN: More than 50 mass graves unearthed in Iraq

Published May 7th, 2016 - 07:00 GMT
An Iraqi man inspects the remains of members of the Yazidi minority killed by the Daesh jihadist group, February 3, 2015. (AFP/Safin Hamed)
An Iraqi man inspects the remains of members of the Yazidi minority killed by the Daesh jihadist group, February 3, 2015. (AFP/Safin Hamed)

Kubis told the Security Council on Friday that evidence of the "heinous crimes" committed by Daesh in Iraq has been discovered as more territories are liberated from the militant group.

"More than 50 mass graves have been discovered so far in several areas of Iraq," he said.

Kubis noted that three graves containing some 40 sets of remains were found in a football pitch in the central city of Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province, on April 19.
The city, which had fallen to Daesh last May, was liberated in December 2015.

The envoy also said the humanitarian crisis was aggravated in Iraq, with almost a third of the population, or over 10 million people, now requiring urgent aid.

The northern and western parts of Iraq have been plagued by violence ever since Daesh began an offensive in the Arab country in June 2014.

The terrorists have committed crimes against all communities, including Shias, Sunnis, Kurds, and Christians, in the country.

In recent months, Iraqi forces have been able to regain control over parts of the territories seized by Daesh.


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