The Directorate of Yezidi Abductees Affairs in Duhok province said that there is a large number of captive Yezidis in Mosul, who are in danger of being evacuated from the city during the operation of liberating Mosul.
(AhlulBayt News Agency) - The Directorate of Yezidi Abductees Affairs in Duhok province said that there is a large number of captive Yezidis in Mosul, who are in danger of being evacuated from the city during the operation of liberating Mosul.
Hussein Kuru, the director of the office, which works to locate and free Yezidi captives, said on Monday that "as the battle of retaking Mosul is approaching, the risk of evacuating the Yezidi captives in the city to an unknown location by ISIS is increasing."
He said that there is a huge number of Yezidis, including women, men and children, still in ISIS captivity in Mosul, demanding the authorities to spare no efforts to free them from the grip of the extremists.
He noted that the militants may take the Yezidi captives with them when they retreat from the city as they did in Fallujah.
"We call for special and secret military operations for freeing the Yezidi abductees from the grip of the terrorists group since the militants may evacuate them to Syria while retreating from Mosul," said the official, calling on the coalition forces to take urgent steps to rescue those Yezidis in the wake of the Mosul offensive.
The Yezidi official previously said that they have outlined a detailed plan for liberating the Yezidi abductees during the Mosul assault, noting that the security forces and Peshmerga troops will work to locate and rescue those abductees remaining in the city.
The official stated that an estimated number of 3,700 Yezidis including men, women and children still remain in ISIS captivity while over 2,700 have so far been freed from the ISIS captivity.
Following the fall of Mosul into the hands of ISIS, the militant group attacked the Yezidi densely populated town of Sinjar on August 3, 2014, where they committed various types of atrocities against the Yezidi community such as mass killings and abducting thousands of Yezidis, including women, men and children.