ERBIL — The Iranian-backed Shi’ite militias of Hashd al-Shaabi are deploying more forces to Sinjar, the Yezidi majority region, an official said, stating that the residents are fleeing the areas under the militia.
Ghazwan Dawdi, a member of the Nineveh Provincial Council, revealed to BasNews “Hashd al-Shaabi militias have begun looting the houses of Yezidis.”
Hashd al-Shaabi is confiscating money and weapons from people and it imprisons anyone who refuses to follow their orders, said the councilor.
The Yezidis are leaving the areas under Hashd al-Shaabi militias, he said, adding that the militias are stepping up their forces in Sinjar.
Sinjar faced another turmoil in 2014 when the Islamic State militants overran the region where they massacred hundreds of men and abducted thousands of Yezidis, mostly women and children.
The Iraqi militias, backed by Iran’s Quds Force and Lebanese Hezbollah, took over the Kurdish disputed territories, killing around 60 Peshmerga troops and wounding 150 others. The invasion created a humanitarian crisis as nearly 200,000 people were forced to flee their homes and their properties were either looted or burned by the militias.