81 mass graves of Yazidis found in Iraq’s Sinjar since 2014: Official
ERBIL, Iraq (AA) – A total of 81 mass graves of Yazidis have been found in Sinjar district in northern Iraq since 2014, said a Kurdish official on Thursday.
Baravan Hamdi, Deputy Minister of the Martyrs in the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG), said these graves were dug by the ISIS.
“These graves are acts of ethnic cleansing,” he told Anadolu Agency.
The KRG deputy minister said two mass graves were found two weeks ago in the Hardan village in Sinjar and several bodies were exhumed and sent to Baghdad for DNA analysis and identification.
The Sinjar district was captured by the ISIS in 2014 and in 2015 the PKK established a foothold in the area.
According to Iraqi figures, the ISIS killed 1,293 Yazidis and kidnapped 6,417, of whom 3,530 managed to flee from the group’s grip.