Duhok – (IraqiNews.com) Nineteen people from the ethno-religious Yazidi minority have been set free from Islamic State captivity, an official responsible for the file said Thursday.
Hussein Qaedi, an official at the office on kidnapped Yazidis in Duhok said those released were mostly women and children, adding that they will be sheltered at refugee camps in the province.
“The liberation was carried out in coordination with security authorities,” Qaedi said. “The group consisted of two men, seven women and nine children.”
Data from the office on Yazidi kidnapping victims show that 2640 Yazidis were released from captivity by Islamic State militants over the past two years, but there are 3770 others still in the extremist group’s hold.
The Kurdish-speaking minority came to the spotlight when Islamic State militants, taking over large parts of Iraq, victimized its members, committing massacres and subjecting them to forced conversions, sexual slavery and other reported atrocities. At least 5,000 Yazidis, mostly men and boys, were killed during ISIS attacks since 2014 on the Kurdish Iraqi city of Sanjar.
The United Nations said in June that ISIS carried out a genocide against the Yazidi minority.