SINJAR — Following the invasion of Sinjar, the Kurdish Yezidi majority region, the Iran-backed Shi’ite militias began to loot the state institutions in the region.
Qasim Shasho, Commander of Sinjar Peshmerga Command, told BasNews on Wednesday that Hashd al-Shaabi militias have pillaged public properties of most government offices.
The Shi’ite militias, when attacked Sinjar, promised not to despoil the government offices and the civilian properties but they have so far looted most of the government buildings, he said.
The militias are further exacerbating the tensions in Sinjar, Shasho said, adding that the Yezidis are fearing another genocide.
“Hashd al-Shaabi has created tensions in Sinjar and has set up many checkpoints in the district to restrict the traffic of the people,” said the commander, explaining that the situation in the city is volatile and people are deeply concerned.
The Iran-backed Shi’ite militias and the Iraqi army, using US-supplied equipment, attacked on October 16 the Kurdish Peshmerga forces in the disputed areas.
Amnesty International reported on Tuesday that hundreds of properties, belonging to Kurdish civilians, were looted, set on fire and destroyed by Shi'ite militias in Tuz Khurmatu, south of Kirkuk.