Mass Yazidi grave of DAESH victims found in Iraq

Bomb-rigged mass Yazidi grave containing bodies of more than 120 people killed by DAESH has been found in Iraq officials say

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Mass grave on the outskirts of the town of Sinjar where police said remains of 25 people belonging to the minority Yazidi sect were killed by DAESH

DAESH terrorist group has been blamed for a bomb-rigged mass grave, containing more than 120 bodies of the minority Yazidi sect near Sinjar in northern Iraq. 

Reports show the massacre, enslavement and rape of Yazidi women and girls, after DAESH seized Sinjar in August 2014.

The mass grave, reportedly the sixth one discovered in or near the town, was found after Sinjar was recaptured from DAESH earlier in November, Mahma Khalil, the official responsible for the area told AFP news agency.

The grave site was surrounded by bombs and has not yet been excavated, but the victims were not buried deep. The number of bodies was estimated on the accounts of people who witnessed the executions, Khalil said.

Khalil added that the grave is located 10km (6 miles) west of Sinjar, in Nineveh province.

DAESH overran Sinjar in August 2014 and conducted massacres, enslavement and rape, targeting members of the Yazidi minority, who make up the majority of the population in Sinjar.

The terrorist group considers Yazidis as heretics. The United Nations called the attack on the Yazidis, a possible genocide.

Yazidi refugee women hold a banner as they wait for the arrival of United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees at a Syrian and Iraqi refugee camp in the southern Turkish town of Midyat in Mardin province, Turkey on June 20, 2015 (Reuters)

In June, another mass grave was found in the area including the bodies of some 80 women aged from 40 to around 80, an official said, adding that they may have been executed because they were deemed too old to enslave and rape.

Sinjar was recaptured from DAESH on Nov.13 in a huge operation led by forces from Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region. The US-led coalition provided air support for the operation.

DAESH is frequently using bombs for both offensive and defensive operations. Leftover explosives continue to cause fear and prevent displaced residents from returning home, even after the terrorists are gone.

TRTWorld and agencies