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The UN has accused ISIS of committing genocide against the Yazidi population in Iraq. ISIS has killed and imprisoned thousands of Yazidis, including women and children. In fact, the UN described ISIS’ attacks on the Yazidis as the “most horrific of atrocities.” 36 members of the Yazidis are now free from ISIS’ grasp. They were held for three years and are now in northern Iraq, but there are no reports indicating whether they were rescued or released.  

2017-05-01 Iraq (BBC) – Thirty-six members of the Yazidi religious minority are free after nearly three years in the hands of so-called Islamic State (IS), the UN says.

They have been taken to UN centres in Dohuk in Kurdish northern Iraq.

It is unclear whether they escaped in Iraq or were freed, as the UN declined to give more information to avoid jeopardising future releases.

IS killed and enslaved thousands of Yazidis after seizing the northern town of Sinjar in 2014.

Kurdish Peshmerga forces regained control in 2015 but many Yazidis were held captive by IS elsewhere as the group took over large swathes of northern Iraq.

The 36 survivors include men, women, and children who were enslaved, the UN Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs said.



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