Captured Yezidi women obliged to marry Islamists

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Yezidi women crossing into Syria after IS militants controlled Shingal area in northern Iraq. Photo: ARA News

ARA News

Aleppo Syria – More than 300 Yezidi women, who were captured by militants of the Islamic State (IS) in Shingal area in northern Iraq, were forced into marriage with IS members in Syria.

The Islamic State considered those Yezidi women as “captives of war against infidels”.

Hundreds of other Yezidi women were offered for sale in the Syrian northeastern province of Hasakah nearly two weeks ago. While IS group distributed at least 300 women to its members in Aleppo and Hasakah last week, local sources told ARA News.

“Some of them were teenagers, while others seemed about 30-year-old,” an activist in Hasakah said. “The youngest were offered for more than $1000, while those older than 30 were offered for less than $100.”

According to the same source, the captured Yezidi women were first obliged to convert to Islam before being forced into marriage with IS militants.

A number of the Yezidi women, who were abducted from Iraqi Shingal, were reportedly transferred to IS-held province of Raqqa last week, to be offered for marriage with IS militants.

Local sources in Raqqa told ARA News that militants of the Islamic State were given the opportunity to select between dozens of women shown in public squares.

Noteworthy, the Islamic State (IS) seized the Yezidi-majority area of Shingal in Nineveh province, north of Iraq, begin of August, 2014, killing hundreds of Yezidi civilians and taking the majority of women as captives. Thousands of Yezidis headed then to Mount Sinjar to escape the brutality of the Islamic State.

 

Reporting by: Sherin Hussen

Source: ARA News

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