ERBIL — The Yezidi representative to the Iraqi parliament Vian Dakhil called on commanders of Tal Afar operation which was declared today, to rescue the large number of Yezidis believed to be held in the Islamic State’s (IS) captivity in the district.
Commending the security forces involved in this long-awaited battle, Dakhil renewed a call on all military field commanders to pay attention to the presence of large numbers of abducted Yezidis in Tal Afar and its vicinity, and the need to rescue them as soon as possible.
The Yezidi MP also warned about the Yezidi children who were abducted at an early age whose names and identities as well as religion might have been changed by the IS militants who abducted or bought them.
“We demand the relevant security authorities to investigate the identity papers of the imminent IDPs or residents of the areas to be liberated later to prevent the smuggling of Yezidi abductees to other areas or to displacement camps,” said Dakhil.
She added that they had information about the presence of hundreds of Yezidi families in Tal Afar and its vicinity, noting that some of them may have been smuggled to other areas before the complete siege of Tal Afar.