Syrian opposition condemns IS attacks against Yezidi Kurds in Iraq


Yezidi families escaped Shingal following ISIS control and resorted to Mount Sinjar. Photo: Activists

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Cologne, Germany The Syrian National Coalition (SNC) condemned on Wednesday the attacks of the Islamic State’s militants against Yezidi minority in northern Iraq.

In a statement published on its official site, the SNC (largest Syrian opposition body) considered the control of the Islamic State (IS) over Yezidi-majority area of Shingal “an invasion over territories of our friend state of Iraqi Kurdistan”.

The SNC talked about IS attacks and domination on some parts of Iraqi Kurdistan such as Zamar and Shingal, condemning “killing an attrocities against civilians on the hands of IS militants”.

The Syrian National Coalition also invited Syria’s Kurds and Arabs to maintain unity against IS attacks.

The Coalition held the Syrian and Iraqi regimes as well as their supporting regional and international powers responsible for upbringing the “extremist” groups.

In the same context, Syria’s Yezidi Council adjured, in a statement published on its website, the Kurdish National Council in Syria (KNC) and People’s Council of Western Kurdistan to help the families fled from Shingal and resorted to Syria.

“Many families from Shingal got lost and arrived in Syria. They are in need and must be taken care of,” the Yezidi Council said.

Speaking to ARA News in this regard, Serhan Issa, spokesperson of Syria’s Yazidi Council, said: “I demand all political parties and movements to defend Shingal and provide assistance to its families.”

Issa invited all sides not to politically exploit Shingal crisis and to forget their political disputes and stand beside devastated Yazidis.

“Our women and children are being raped and killed,” Issa added.

The United Nations’ Security Council denounced on Wednesday IS operations in Shingal, describing the crisis as “crime against humanity” and “brutal”, inviting the world to “sue the crime.”


Reporting by: Ali Isso

Source: ARA News

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