Date
21 September 2017
Iraqi Shiite militia fighters celebrate after breaking a long siege of the town of Amerli by Islamic militants. Photo: Reuters
Iraqi Shiite militia fighters celebrate after breaking a long siege of the town of Amerli by Islamic militants. Photo: Reuters

Islamic militants carrying out ethnic cleansing in Iraq

Islamic militants are carrying out a wave of ethnic cleansing against minorities in northern Iraq, BBC News reported Tuesday, citing Amnesty International.

They have turned the region into a killing field, the human rights group said.

It said it has proof that several mass killings took place in the northern region of Sinjar in August. Two of the deadliest took place when Islamic State fighters raided villages and killed hundreds on Aug. 3 and 15. 

“Groups of men and boys including children as young as 12 from both villages were seized by militants, taken away and shot,” the British-based group said.

On Monday, the United Nations said it is sending a team to Iraq to investigate “acts of inhumanity on an unimaginable scale”.

Deputy Human Rights Commissioner Flavia Pansieri warned that the militants are targeting Christian, Yazidi, Turkmen, Shabak, Kaka’i, Sabean and Shia communities.

The militants and allied Sunni rebels have seized large swathes of Iraq and Syria.

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