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Over dozen displaced Iraqi Izadi families return home from Syria

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
This picture taken on April 13, 2019 at the Syrian Kurdish-run group Izadi House's headquarters in the Syrian Izadi village of Qizlajokh, located about 35 kilometers west of Qamishli in the northeastern Hasaka province, shows Iraqi Izadi women and children rescued from the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group waiting to board buses bound for Sinjar in Iraq. (Photo by AFP)

More than a dozen families from the Izadi minority group have repatriated to Iraq’s northern province of Nineveh, after four years of displacement caused by the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group’s occupation of their homeland and brutal atrocities committed against them.

The media department of the Iraqi security forces said in a statement that 13 Izadi families, consisting of 70 individuals, returned to the Kurdish-populated northern Iraqi town of Sinjar on Tuesday.

The statement added that the families had been staying at the Newroz camp in Syria’s northeastern province of Hasakah.

The Izadis were transferred to their homes in Sinjar “after security clearances and verification of their identities,” it added.

On May 6, more than two dozen Izadi women and children were repatriated to Iraq, after five years of captivity at the hands of Daesh terrorists in neighboring Syria.

The Paris-based NGO International Federation for Human Rights said in a report on October 25 last year that foreign militants, including many of European origins, were responsible for atrocities and acts of brutality carried out by Daesh against Izadi Kurds.  

Last August, an official at the Endowments and Religious Affairs Ministry of the semi-autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government said more than 3,000 members of the Izadi minority group had remained unaccounted for ever since Daesh overran their hometowns in northern Iraq in 2014.

Khairi Bozarni said more than 2,500 Izadi Kurds had lost their lives at the hands of Daesh, while another 6,000 – mostly women and children – had been abducted.

Bozarni called on the international community as well as the central government in Baghdad to determine the fate of missing Izadis as soon as possible.

Back in August 2014, Daesh terrorists overran Sinjar, killing, raping, and enslaving large numbers of Izadi Kurds.

The region was recaptured in November 2015, during an operation by Kurdish Peshmerga forces and Izadi fighters.

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