UN warns of massacre of Shias by ISIL radicals in Iraq’s Amerli

UN warns of massacre of Shias by ISIL radicals in Iraq’s Amerli
Sat Aug 23, 2014 21:15:24

The UN special representative to Iraq, Nickolay Mladenov, has urged the international community to prevent “possible massacre” in the northern Shiite town of Amerli, which has been under siege by ISIL Takfiri militants for two months.

Mladenov has called on the international community to halt "the unspeakable suffering of Amerli's inhabitants. The situation of the people in Amerli is desperate and demands immediate action to prevent the possible massacre of its citizens." 

"The town is besieged by ISIL and reports confirm that people are surviving in desperate conditions. I urge the Iraqi government to do all it can to relieve the siege and to ensure that the residents receive lifesaving humanitarian assistance, or are evacuated in a dignified manner. Iraq's allies and the international community should work with the authorities to prevent a human rights tragedy," he added.

This comes as Iraqi Prime Minister-designate Haider al-Abadi has promised aid for the town. He has called on the army to send forces and logistical support to Amerli.

On Friday, Iraqi influential cleric Sayyed Ali Sistani also expressed concern over the plight of about 20,000 people who are surrounded by the ISIL in the volatile town. The top cleric called on all Iraqis to confront ISIL militants, stressing that defending Iraq against the terrorist groups is a “big honor.”

ISIL terrorists have threatened all communities, including Shias, Sunnis, Kurds, Christians, Izadi Kurds and others, as they continue their advances in Iraq.

Several gruesome video footages were released, purportedly showing members of the ISIL Takfiri group brutally killing Shia Muslims in drive-by shootings in Iraq.

The terrorist group reportedly has links with Saudi intelligence and is believed to be indirectly supported by the Israeli regime.


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