ERBIL — A Yezidi member in the Iraqi parliament called on the Iraqi security authorities to provide safe corridors for hundreds of innocent Yezidi abductees held by the Islamic State (IS) in the district of Tel Afar.
The next phase of the Iraqi forces’ battle against the IS militants in Iraq will be the city of Tal Afar in southern Nineveh province, said Vian Dakhil, a Kurdish Yezidi MP in a statement on Wednesday.
"We are confident that the Iraqi forces will win victory, and the IS terrorists will be defeated,” she said, adding that hundreds of innocent abducted Yezidis from Sinjar, including entire families, are being held in the center of Tel Afar and its outskirts.
The Yezidi MP appealed to the security forces to rescue these Yezidi abductees.
“We appeal to the high security authorities to develop the necessary plans to rescue our abductees from the grip of the IS militants in Tel Afar and to make efforts to provide safe corridors through which they can flee without any risk of shelling as much as possible or from improvised explosive devices that might have been implanted on the roads inside and outside the town.”
Moreover, Barakat Shamo, the representative of Yezidis in Nineveh Provincial Council told BasNews “the IS terrorists have relocated many abducted Yezidi girls, women and children from Mosul to Anna and Rawa towns in Ramadi [Anbar] province.”
The Yezidi official called on the government forces to liberate the Yezidi abductees through special military operations.
Nearly 6,000 Yezidi women and children were abducted by the IS insurgents after they overran the Yezidi region of Sinjar back in August 2014. The extremist group also killed a large number of men, burying them in mass graves. However, over 3,000 of the abductees have so far been freed by Kurdistan Regional Government’s office for Yezidi Abductees' Affairs.