An Iraqi policeman collects himself as he is surrounded by bodies at the burial site for bodies found in a mass grave. (Photo: AP)
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Two mass graves containing the bodies of approximately 140 Yezidis killed by ISIS have been found in the Shingal region.
“A mass grave with the bodies of 20 women and about 40 children was discovered in the village of Kabusi, south of Sinjar,” said a member of the Hashd al-Shaabi paramilitary group who found the graves as reported by AFP on Sunday.
Elsewhere, “in the Jazira residential complex, also south of Sinjar, 80 other bodies, mostly Yezidis, were discovered,” they added.
Another mass grave containing 73 Yezidis was also recently found in the Rambussi area near the town of Qahtaniyyah on November 22.
The KRG reported that 47 mass graves containing the bodies of Yezidis had been discovered as of Saturday.
Many mass graves in and near Shingal have yet to be exhumed. However, Kurdish authorities in Duhok use satellite imagery to identify many believed sites.
When ISIS militants brutally marched into Shingal and its surroundings in August 2014, they arrested thousands of Yezidis. Some of them were collectively killed in the region, other girls and women were taken and later sold as sex slaves by ISIS members.
According to the latest figures, an estimated 1,293 Yezidis have been killed since August 3, 2014, the first day of ISIS’s brutal attacks on the Shingal region.