ERBIL — The Kurdish Yezidi MP in the Iraqi parliament, Vian Dakhil, called on the forces involved in the fight to retake Raqqa to bear in mind the tragedy of the many abducted Yezidis held in the city by the extremists.
The Yezidi MP said in a statement released on Monday that thousands of Yezidi women and children, including entire families, are believed to be living in Islamic State (IS) captivity in Raqqa, the IS stronghold in Syria.
The official called on the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), consisting mainly of Kurds, to obstruct any attempts by the militants to smuggle the Yezidi abductees out of Raqqa and move them to another location while retreating from the city.
According to unofficial sources, negotiations were underway between the so-called Tribal Bureau of the IS organization and the SDF officials, aiming at handing over Raqqa to SDF in return for providing the IS members with a safe passage to move to the city of Deir al-Zour in Syria.
“Although we cannot confirm or deny such news," Dakhil said, adding that they can confirm, relying on the documented stories of dozens of survivors, the presence of thousands of Yezidis living in IS captivity in Raqqa.
The Yezidi MP called on SDF, tasked with the liberation of Raqqa, to consider the rescuing of the Yezidi abductees in the city during their operations and prevent the IS militants from taking them to any other places.
She concluded by saying that during negotiations between IS and SDF, Yezidi abductees should be considered and included in the agreements to help them return to their families.