Islamic State attack surrounds Yezidis on Mount Sinjar again
Source: AFP , Author: Posted by BI-ME staff
Posted: Fri October 24, 2014 8:48 am

IRAQ. Islamic State militants have launched a new offensive against members of the Yezidi minority on Mount Sinjar in northern Iraq, the site of an assault in August that led to an international outcry and the start of the U.S.-led bombing campaign.

Four thousand Yezidis are sheltering on the mountain, which was cut off by militants yesterday, according to Vian Dakheel, a Yezidi lawmaker in the Iraqi parliament.

“There are hundreds of families on the mountain. We asking for urgent assistance to avert another massacre,” said Dakheel by phone.

There was no sign of help coming from U.S. airstrikes or of reinforcements from the Kurdish Peshmerga, said Hussam Hassan, head of a Yezidi activist group called the Brotherhood and Solidarity Organization by phone from Erbil.

The renewed attack against the Yezidis may create pressure on the U.S. to refocus its campaign on Iraq after ramping up airstrikes against Islamic State militants in neighboring Syria.

Yezidi families have been living on Mount Sinjar since their homes were destroyed in the earlier Islamic State attack, according to Hassan.

 

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