Islamic State militants have killed 500 people – burying some women and children alive in a mass grave – the Iraqi human rights minister has claimed.
Reuters reported that the remains of hundreds of Yazidis – a Kurdish-speaking ethnic minority – were discovered in the north of Iraq where the Islamic State fighters staged a major offensive.
Iraq’s human rights minister Mohammed Shia al-Sudani has told Reuters that there is evidence that the Sunni militants had thrown the dead Yazidi dead into mass graves. But they had also buried some women and children alive.
“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 said. “Some of the victims, including women and children were buried alive in scattered mass graves in and around Sinjar.” He added that about 300 women have also been forced into slavery by the Islamic State forces. “They executed and buried 500 Yazidis” | IBT