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'Ethnic cleansing on a historic scale' uncovered in Iraq

Islamic State militants are carrying out “ethnic cleansing on a historic scale” in northern Iraq, according to new evidence discovered by Amnesty International.

Survivors told the charity that ethnic minorities in the area were being “systematically and deliberately” targeted by the group.

Some described how men and boys were taken to the outskirts of villages in pick-up trucks, forced to squat over the edge of graves and shot execution-style.

Others said women and girls from the Yazidi minority were taken away from their families as slaves for the militants and threatened with rape.

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Amnesty: 'Wave of ethnic cleansing' in northern Iraq

Amnesty International has said a "wave of ethnic cleansing against minorities is sweeping across northern Iraq" after the charity uncovered evidence of mass killings in the region.

Many Yazidis who have been displaced live in terrible conditions after surviving massacres and abductions. Credit: Amnesty International

The massacres and abductions being carried out by the Islamic State provide harrowing new evidence that a wave of ethnic cleansing against minorities is sweeping across northern Iraq.

The Islamic State is carrying out despicable crimes and has transformed rural areas of Sinjar into blood-soaked killing fields in its brutal campaign to obliterate all trace of non- Arabs and non-Sunni Muslims.

– Amnesty International’s senior crisis response adviser Donatella Rovera

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