Mass grave of victims killed by ISIS found in Sinjar – civil activists

This Aug. 17, 2015, photo shows a general view of the northern Iraqi town of Sinjar, west of the city of Mosul. (AFP)

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — A new mass grave of victims killed by ISIS was discovered in the Yezidi-populated Sinjar district on Sunday.

The mass grave is situated in the south of Sinjar mountain, and the number of victims remained unknown, according to civil activists.

The Yazidis are an ancient religious minority who combine Zoroastrian, Christian, Manichean, Jewish, and Muslim beliefs.

ISIS, which views the Yazidis as devil worshippers, killed more than 3,000, enslaved 7,000 Yazidi women and girls and displaced most of the 550,000-strong community from its ancestral home in northern Iraq.

UNITAD, the U.N. team investigating ISIS crimes in Iraq, has discovered more than 80 mass graves in Sinjar and has exhumed 19 of them since March 2019. It has so far identified 104 bodies by DNA samples.

 

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