Hashid Al-Shaabi Rescues 354 Ezidi Women Held By Isis In Fallujah
Iraqi Shia paramilitaries (Hashid al-Shaabi) have rescued 354 Ezidi women being held by the Islamic State (ISIS) in Fallujah as forces continue making gains against militants across Iraq.
Hadi Dabani, director of Ezidi affairs in the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), said on Monday (June 20) that Hashid al-Shaabi officials reported the women and girls had been kidnapped from the town of Sinjar in northwestern Iraq and taken south to the militant’s stronghold of Fallujah.
Dubani told : “We are investigating whether those women rescued by Hashid al-Shaabi are those ISIS-kidnapped Ezidi women.”
Hashid al-Shaabi commanders announced earlier this week they would work to facilitate returns for the women who are settled in an area near Amiriyat, south of Fallujah city.
ISIS fighters captured around 5,000 Ezidi men and women in the northern region of Sinjar in the summer of 2014. Some 2,000 have managed to escape or have been smuggled out of ISIS’ self-proclaimed caliphate in Iraq and Syria, activists have said.