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UPDATED: Iraq says Islamic State killed 500 Yazidis, buried some victims alive

Reuters , Sunday 10 Aug 2014
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Islamic State militants have killed at least 500 members of Iraq's Yazidi ethnic minority during their offensive in the north, Iraq's human rights minister told Reuters on Sunday.

Mohammed Shia al-Sudani said the Sunni militants had also buried alive some of their victims, including women and children. Some 300 women were kidnapped as slaves, he added.

"We have striking evidence obtained from Yazidis fleeing Sinjar and some who escaped death, and also crime scene images that show indisputably that the gangs of the Islamic States have executed at least 500 Yazidis after seizing Sinjar," Sudani told Reuters.

Sinjar is the ancient home of the Yazidis, one of the towns captured by the Sunni militants who view the community as "devil worshipers".

"Some of the victims, including women and children were buried alive in scattered mass graves in and around Sinjar," Sudani said.

The Islamic State, which has declared a caliphate in parts of Iraq and Syria, has prompted tens of thousands of Yazidis and Christians to flee for their lives during their push to within a 30-minute drive of the Kurdish regional capital Arbil.

The Yazidis, followers of an ancient religion derived from Zoroastrianism, are spread over northern Iraq and are part of the country's Kurdish minority.

A deadline passed at midday on Sunday for 300 Yazidi families to convert to Islam or face death at the hands of the Islamic State. It was not immediately clear whether the Iraqi minister was talking about the fate of those families or others in the conflict.
The militant group, which arrived in northern Iraq in June, has routed Kurds in its latest advance, seizing several towns, a fifth oilfield and Iraq's biggest dam - possibly gaining the ability to flood cities and cut off water and power supplies.

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Wim
11-08-2014 12:32pm
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What is the proof?
"We have striking evidence obtained from Yazidis fleeing Sinjar and some who escaped death, and also crime scene images that show indisputably that the gangs of the Islamic States have executed at least 500 Yazidis after seizing Sinjar," Sudani told Reuters. What and where is that proof then? I'm curious and like to know.
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J.M.Jordan
11-08-2014 10:12am
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Hopefully your information only happens not to be updated.
Today's Frankfurter Allgemeine, one of Germany's biggest newspapers, writes 20,000 Yazidis managed to flee from where they were encircled on the mountain top after the US airborn strikes on armoured vehicles of the IS. Like the Handelsblatt it is read by business people and is usually very well informed due to local German business connections.
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medo
10-08-2014 06:48pm
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enough of this...
Is this not a LOT worse than what is happening in Gaza???... yet i do not hear the same amount of Egyptian people commenting on this issue as they do Gaza. Why is that?? The same for the newspapers here and abroad... people are being burned alive and buried alive!! 500 people slaughtered in one go... 300 women kidnapped!!! Shame on all of us for not shouting and screaming in the same way... These crazy people are spreading.. and doing it in the name of religion... sorry, but there is nothing in my Islam that says this is right.
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Wim
11-08-2014 12:33pm
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