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Thousands of Stranded Civilians Rescued on Mount Shingal

By RUDAW 8/8/2014
Barakat Issa, Rudaw reporter on Mount Shingal said that the number of Yezidis stranded on the mountain is higher than initially reported.
Barakat Issa, Rudaw reporter on Mount Shingal said that the number of Yezidis stranded on the mountain is higher than initially reported.

ZAKHO, Kurdistan Region—Local officials said today that 10,000 Yezidis who were stranded on Mount Shingal for one week were rescued and settled in the town of Zakho.

Medical teams and aid organizations in Zakho have rushed in to assist the rescued families, said Rudaw reporter.

Ashti Kocher, Zakho’s security chief said that Kurdish armed forces have opened a safe corridor for the Yezidis at Mount Shingal.

“We have also cleared about 30 kilometers of the ISIL forces in order to open a road for those families,” said Kocher, who currently leads a Peshmerga unit at Sinune village near Shingal.

Kocher said that the rescued civilians were transported to the Kurdistan Region through Rojava (Syrian Kurdistan) which is under the control of Kurdish forces known as the Peoples Protection Units (YPG).

Barakat Issa, Rudaw reporter on Mount Shingal said that the number of Yezidis stranded on the mountain is higher than initially reported. He said that nearly 100,000 people are hiding on the mountain.

Issa said that in the past few days 60 children and elderly have said of hunger and thirst while there is fear that Islamic militants controlling the town of Shingal and other villages have massacred hundreds of others.

Ferhad Hamo, Rudaw reporter in the town of Derik in Rojava said that around 15,000 rescued Yezidis had arrived at Newroz camp in Rojava.

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KIM | 8/8/2014
Good News:Kurdish Independence case will be presented to the United Nation.
Seahawk | 8/8/2014
Great job. Wish we could more.
Dila Gunduz
Dila Gunduz | 8/8/2014
Thank you, God.
ULTRA KURD | 8/8/2014
The brave YPG rescued these people because Barzani's fighters,Party, did not want to fight and had no guts to carry the fight YPG had to step in and rescue these people. Biji YPG. This is why the USA had to step in. This after Barzani refused to co-operate and help the YPG forces when they were under heavy attack by isis because Barzani was in bed with the Turks and the turks were helping and supporting isis attact the brave YPG. If you are party - dont be offended by this - just be honest with yourself and your opinion. Do not be clouded by your allegiance to Party or Barzani.
Kurdo | 8/8/2014
To all Kurds, especially Kurdish leaders: 1. Proclaim indpendence now, don't wait for any election 2. Unite your defence forces, only one commander in chief 3. Make sure your armed forces have appropriate training and equipment. It's not enough with Kalashnikofs. You need tanks and air force. 4. Stop with power sharing, the political party with most votes will run Kurdistan 5. Abolish peshmerga and establish real army. We can not have old men fighting enemies. ONE army, one chief of commander! 6. Never ever trust anyone, make sure you are prepared. You are in a very risky area, so you can not stand still and await an attack. 7. Do not wait in defensive position, attack those that threaten your people. Attack is the best defense. As long as you are waiting for an attack instead of attacking you will be victim. You can not play good guys and act according to laws and regulations. Just take a look at your enemies, they are using all means to defeat you. You have nothing but dictators and terrorist states around you, you have to be more cruel than they are. Don't feel sorry for your enemies, intimidate them so they do not dare to come near Kurdistan borders.
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