40 Iraqi children killed after jihadist attack - UN

Baghdad - Forty children from northern Iraq's Yazidi minority are reported to have died as a result of a jihadist attack on the Sinjar region, the UN Children's Fund (Unicef) said on Tuesday.

"According to official reports received by Unicef, these children from the Yazidi minority died as a direct consequence of violence, displacement and dehydration over the past two days," a statement said.

On Sunday, fighters from the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group that controls much of northwestern Iraq took over Sinjar, which had been under the control of Kurdish troops.

The town, near the Syrian border, is a hub for Iraq's Yazidis, a very closed community that follows an ancient faith rooted in Zoroastrianism and referred to by jihadists as "devil worshippers".

Sinjar was also a temporary home for thousands of displaced people from other minorities, such as Shiite Turkmen who had fled the nearby city of Tal Afar when IS launched its offensive on 9 June.

The attack on Sinjar sent thousands of people running from their homes in panic, some of them scurrying into the mountains with no supplies.

"Families who fled the area are in immediate need of urgent assistance, including up to 25 000 children who are now stranded in mountains surrounding Sinjar and are in dire need of humanitarian aid, including drinking water and sanitation services," Unicef said.

Pictures posted on the internet by members of the Yazidi community show little clusters of people gathering on the cave-dotted flanks of a craggy canyon in the Sinjar mountains.

Yazidi leaders and rights activists have said the very existence of the multi-millennial community on its ancestral land was at risk as a result of the latest violence and displacement.


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Clint Warren 2014-08-05 05:19:26 PM
Why cover your faces? If you are doing God's work you should be proud to be seen doing it. These bastards day will come.
James Uknow 2014-08-05 05:31:06 PM
these sickos also mutulate young kids ,just because they not sunni
Riyaaz Ray Arendse 2014-08-05 05:34:01 PM
Molo. Goie day. Good day. Asalaam hu alaykoem. I'm Muslim and am deeply sorry to have killed those children. I have to apologise to you for me my fellow Islam killers. It's every Muslims fault. Trust this makes you feel better. Please also ask all your Muslim friends and family to stop killing all the people around the world. If they ask why tell them you said we all hate and kill according to you.
Raymond Randall 2014-08-05 05:36:59 PM
Wat a sick and twisted people these muslims are , should wall them in and nuke them , blood thirsty bunch of morons
Yusuf Moola 2014-08-05 05:39:28 PM
This is not part of Islam. N its a sad reality that these people go around killing innocents in the name of Islam. They shed be punished for ther actions.
Willem Proost 2014-08-05 05:41:32 PM
Shame on you all using the death of 40 children to justify your hatred
Yusuf Moola 2014-08-05 05:52:41 PM
We do NOT JUSTIFY these actions. Its a disgrace to Islam tht they call themselves muslims. Only barbaric people are capable of such horrible crimes.
Frank Jordaan 2014-08-05 05:54:40 PM
Where is the condemnation for such attrocies from all the Israeli bashers now or is it in order for sick people to kill innocent civilians in the name of Islam.Biggest turmoil in the world today because of a religion which has total disregard for human life.A religion which is intend to force its will on all non believers or infidels by way of terrorism,murder and mayhem.
Brooklax Mpundus 2014-08-05 05:56:33 PM
I saw a video clip of how a camel jockey walks down a line of people , laying in a ditch,and he finishes them off with an AK-47. Allah will be proud of these iraqi's.
Anthoula Joshua 2014-08-05 05:57:58 PM
Who is going to stop this evil?