0918 GMT July 16, 2019
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, Presstv Reported.
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.