ISIL causes huge Yezidi Exodus in Iraq

ERBIL (CIHAN)- Tens of thousands of Yezidi, fleeing the invasion of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant – ISIL are continuing take shelter in Northern Iraqi cities of Duhok and Irbil.

ISIL attacks, which have been increasing since last Monday caused a big tragedy, which thousands of of Yezidis became immigrant after left Sinjar when the city fell in the hands of ISIL militants.

The ISIL-led militants seized control of the town of Sinjar near the city of Mosul on Sunday after fierce clashes, which saw Kurdish Peshmerga forces withdraw from the region they had protected since insurgents overran Mosul and surrounding localities in June. According to the Iraqi authorities that at least 500 people from Iraq’s Yazidi religious minority have been killed by the terrorist group Islamic State of Iraq.

Sinjar is the traditional home of the Yazidi, an eclectic religious sect fusing Zoroastrian, Manichaean, Jewish, Nestorian Christian and Islamic elements. It is regarded as heretical by orthodox Islamic scholars.

Meanwhile, tension continued to remain high in Iraq after the ISIL-led militants, also backed by tribal fighters, seized Iraq’s second-largest city Mosul on June 10 and captured a number of other cities in the north, including Tikrit and Tal Afar.

“ISIL attacked our villages, burnt our houses and killed our people. All residents of the Sinjar left the city. ISIL took hostages people who weren’t able to fee from Sinjar. ISIL killed people those who had not managed to flee from Sinjar. We took shelter here. We are waiting help from everyone, “said a Yezidi migrant.

A Peshmerga officer in the region said that they accepted the migrants in a controlled manner.

SOURCE: CIHAN