UN raps ISIL attacks on Iraq religious minorities

The United Nations has condemned atrocities committed by the ISIL militants against religious minorities in Iraq.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon slammed the Takfiris in a statement following a UN Security Council session on Thursday, saying he was “appalled” by reports of attacks by the ISIL militants on Christian, Turkmen and Yazidi minorities in Iraq.

The UN chief also called on the international community, “especially those with the influence and resources to positively impact the situation,” to support the government and people of Iraq in their fight against terrorism.

“Reports of Yazidis amassing along the Turkish border as well as thousands also trapped in the Sinjar Mountains in desperate need of humanitarian assistance are of urgent and grave concern,” Ban added.

The UN Security Council also issued a statement, which was read by British Ambassador Mark Lyall Grant, calling on “the international community to support the government and the people of Iraq and to do all it can to help alleviate the suffering of the population.”

The 15-members council denounced the ISIL attacks against the Iraqi people and religious minorities and expressed “deep outrage” over such crimes.

On Thursday, the ISIL terrorists seized Iraq’s largest Christian town, Bakhdida, also known as Qaraqosh, in the northern province of Nineveh, following the retreat of Kurdish troops from the semi-autonomous Kurdistan region, who were protecting the area for the last two months.

The Takfiri ISIL militants forced thousands of civilians to leave the region.

The terrorists also took control of the towns of Tal Keef, Bartella and Karamlish, all located near the militant-held city of Mosul.

An estimated 100,000 Christians have been forced to flee Nineveh Province to Kurdistan region.

The UN also said earlier in the day that some 40,000 Iraqis from the Kurdish Yazidi minority have reportedly taken refuge in nine different locations on Mount Sinjar in northwestern Iraq.

By Press TV


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