Tens of Yazidi Captives Go Missing in North-East Syria

Tens of Yazidi Captives Go Missing in North-East Syria

The Directorate of Yezidi Abductees Affairs in Dohuk province of Kurdistan Region is concerned with the unknown destiny of tens of Yezidi women and children held hostage by the so-called Islamic State (IS) militants in Shaddadi city in Syria.

AhlulBayt News Agency - The Directorate of Yezidi Abductees Affairs in Dohuk province of Kurdistan Region is concerned with the unknown destiny of tens of Yezidi women and children held hostage by the so-called Islamic State (IS) militants in Shaddadi city in Syria.

Hussein Kuru, director of the Office of Abductee Affairs in the northern Iraqi city of Duhok, which works to locate captive Yazidis and free them, said that they were in contact with the Yezidi captives and obtained accurate intelligence that the captives were in Shaddadi city two days before the liberation of the city by People's Protection Units (YPG), the armed wing of the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union (PYD).

We have lost contact with the captives since YPG took control of Shaddadi, therefore, we do not have a clue whether IS has killed or transferred them to another location or YPG has detained them in an unknown place, Kuru explained.

“Since YPG has previously conducted such acts when we rescued some women and children in Syria, we suspect the party of being responsible for captivating the Yazidi women and children,” he continued.

Lazima Shangali, the Yezidi women rights activist, noted that "We have heard that many Yezidi women and children have been held by IS militants in Shaddadi city near Sinjar two days before the city was recaptured by the YPG fighters”.

Suzan Safar, Head of the Dak Organisation for Yezidi Women's Development, called upon YPG and the International Community to spare no efforts in finding the Yezidi captives in Shaddadi who have been abducted in Sinjar by IS militants in August 2014.




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