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Rudaw Reporter: Death Toll on Shingal Mountain Rising by the Minute

By Rudaw 6/8/2014
The refugees say that the Islamic militants have massacred 300 villagers in the vicinities of Shingal since Saturday and that hundreds more missing.
The refugees say that the Islamic militants have massacred 300 villagers in the vicinities of Shingal since Saturday and that hundreds more missing.

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region—The death toll among thousands of Yezidi civilians on Shingal mountain is rising every minute, says Rudaw reporter, with dead bodies lying everywhere among the rocks.

“The children and elderly who have died are so many that they cannot be counted,” said Barakat Issa, Rudaw reporter. “In the past four days I have witnessed the death of many.”

Since Saturday thousands of Yezidi Kurds from Shingal and surrounding villages have taken shelter on a mountain, fleeing the capture of their town by militants of the Islamic State (IS).

“Because people’s cell phones are out of battery, the news of the deaths is delivered by runners,” said Isa. “When we see someone running we know they are either fleeing or carrying the news of someone’s death.”

Our reporter described the situation on Shingal mountain as the “Holocaust and Anfal”.

The civilians are cut off from the Kurdistan Region and Kurdish Peshmerga forces who are trying to recapture the town from the IS militants.

They cannot risk descending the mountain as their Kurdish identity and Yezidi faith has made them a prime target for the extremist group.

The refugees say that the Islamic militants have massacred 300 villagers in the vicinities of Shingal since Saturday and that hundreds more missing.

Pictures of the killings have been posted on the Internet by the Islamic group where they also say they “want to control the entire province of Nineveh.”

The Islamic group is said to have captured 500 Yezidi women and girls and transported them to Mosul.

On Wednesday a Kurdish MP said that the women are held inside a hall in Mosul.

Speaker of Kurdistan’s parliament Yousif Muhammad said on Wednesday that the war with the Islamic state is a war against terrorism.

“Fighting terrorism is a global war and the international community must help the Kurdistan Region,” Muhammad said to reporters after visiting the Mir (Chief) of the Yezidis in the town of Shekhan.

 

 

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Ozheen Ma. | 6/8/2014
I have just received the news from family in Hawler that the situation is much more worse than reported in the media. They just told me a few minutes ago that IS is closing in on hawler?! They are just 20km away. And they said that PUK is behind this. Is this true?! Does anyone have more information? RUDAW why don't you report on this?
Dle kurdistan | 6/8/2014
Oh my god!! Right now I'm crying like a baby for these Kurds and especially the little kids. Those kids are someone's babies. Please help them these poor innocent lives need help anyone please. Ohh how I wish these pathetic cold hearted terrorist bastards would all be buried alive by the kurdish peshmerga. Inshallah rabi min xodaye Mazin u dlovan punishes these bastards and they all BURN IN HELL!!! Axxx Bo dle wan ye pareshan Axxx Bo wan zarokan. Hay hawar xode wipe these terrorists who call themselves Muslims off the face of this earth. They have no iman they have no faith. Xode inshallah gal hamee kurdan bit. BIJIT KURDO KURDISTAN AND BIJIT PESHMERGA!!!!!
simko | 6/8/2014
For every victim of Ciyaye Sengal is KDP and YNK responsible. How can you let my people alone while Hewler drink tea. Why do not prevent our region against these animals? What is that for a Patriotism and policy? Unbelievable and Kurdish youth won't forget the betrayal. Ez bi roje bawer nakim. And if that is true that Peshmerga let our people alone...... That is betray on Welat. A peshmerga can die,a deserter has to die.
Dle kurdistan | 6/8/2014
Oh my god!! Right now I'm crying like a baby for these Kurds and especially the little kids. Those kids are someone's babies. Please help them these poor innocent lives need help anyone please. Ohh how I wish these pathetic cold hearted terrorist bastards would all be buried alive by the kurdish peshmerga. Inshallah rabi min xodaye Mazin u dlovan punishes these bastards and they all BURN IN HELL!!! Axxx Bo dle wan ye pareshan Axxx Bo wan zarokan. Hay hawar xode wipe these terrorists who call themselves Muslims off the face of this earth. They have no iman they have no faith. Xode inshallah gal hamee kurdan bit. BIJIT KURDO KURDISTAN AND BIJIT PESHMERGA!!!!!
Zaxocamin | 6/8/2014
Oh Allah help those poor people who are dieing from hunger, O Allah kill Daish the heartless animals and destroy every single one of them and who ever caused this happens to those innocent people.

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