UN demands action to avert Shia massacre in Iraq

UN demands action to avert Shia massacre in Iraq
Mon Aug 25, 2014 10:26:56

The UN has called for action to prevent what it describes as a possible massacre of Turkmen Shias in the northern Iraqi town of Amerli.

The UN Special representative to Iraq Nickolay Mladenov says he is "seriously alarmed" by reports regarding the conditions in which the town's residents live. The town, under siege of ISIL terrorists for two months, has no electricity or drinking water, and is running out of food and medical supplies.

The majority of its residents are Turkmen Shias, seen as apostates by the deviant Takfiri interpretation of Islam, while the Shia ideology is one of the legitimate branches of the Muslim religion.

"The situation of the people in Amerli is desperate and demands immediate action to prevent the possible massacre of its citizens," Mladenov said in a statement.

"I urge the Iraqi government to do all it can to relieve the siege and to ensure that the residents receive life-
saving humanitarian assistance or are evacuated in a dignified manner."

On Friday, the most influential Shia cleric in Iraq, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, expressed concern over the plight of the town's inhabitants.

Residents say they have had to organize their own resistance to the militants and no foreign aid has reached the town since the siege began.

ISIL has seized large swathes of Iraq and Syria in recent months.

The Iraqi government has been trying to secure backing from various ethnic groups within the country in its battle against ISIL terrorists.


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