The Yazidis have reportedly raided four villages and killed at least 21 people of the Arab’s that helped ISIS to persecute them.
Members of Iraq’s Yazidi minority have been accused of carrying out revenge attacks on Sunni Muslim villagers they believe helped Islamic State commit atrocities on their community last year.
Arabs living in Sinjar in Iraq’s Nineveh province say groups of heavily armed Yazidis have made four raids on the villages over the past two weeks, leaving 21 people dead and a further 17 missing.
Yazidis, whose ancient religion has elements of Zoroastrianism, Christianity and Islam, suffered grievously after ISIS’ rapid offensive last year. Hundreds were killed and thousands captured, enslaved and raped by the Sunni Muslim militants, who consider Yazidis devil worshippers.
Yazidis returning to their homes in Sinjar are uncovering one mass grave after another in the area – evidence of ISIS rule there from last August until its fighters were driven out late last year.
Now some Yazidis are striking back.
More than a dozen Sunni Arab residents have told journalists that armed groups of Yazidis raided four of their villages in Sinjar two weeks ago, killing at least 21 people. A further 17 went missing.
‘It was an act of revenge by the Yazidis,’ said 41-year-old Dhafer Ali Hussein from Sibaya, one of the affected villages.
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