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Yazidi women saved from ISIS (File photo)

11/04/2017 - 17:58 0
More than 100 Yazidi women and children saved by SDF in Raqqa: YPJ commander

The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have saved 137 Yazidi women and children from the Islamic State (ISIS) group in Raqqa.

Nesrin Abdullah, the spokeswoman of the Women’s Protection Units (YPJ) told Hawar (ANHA) news agency that some women and children were reunited with their families while others were sent to the relevant authorities.

The Yazidis were rescued as part of the ongoing Wrath of Euphrates Operation led by the Kurdish-Arab dominated SDF in Raqqa and the adjoining areas.

At least 1,800 Yazidi women and children are still thought to be in the hands of the extremist group, with some children being raised as jihadist fighters.

Thousands of women have been sold into sexual slavery and trafficked from Iraq to Syria and also Turkey. Most of the women are thought to be in Raqqa, IS last stronghold in Syria.

The Yazidis are a Kurdish speaking ethno-religious group native to the region. As a non-Muslim group they were targeted by IS following the group’s siege of Mosul. Thousands of Yazidis were killed and captured while hundreds of thousands were displaced.

The United Nations has called the persecution of the Yazidis by the IS genocide.

Source: Kom News