700 ethnic Turkmen massacred in Iraq in JulyAugust 29, 2014 at 2:36 am | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment
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700 ethnic Turkmen massacred in Iraq
UNICEF’s Iraq representative Marco Babille said 700 Turkmen civilians were killed by the Islamic State in July.
World Bulletin / News Desk
Militants belonging to the self-styled ‘Islamic State’ have massacred 700 Turkmen civilians, including women, children and the elderly, in a northern Iraqi village, a UNICEF official has reported.
Marco Babille, the United Nations children’s fund representative in Iraq, said on Tuesday that militants committed the atrocity in Beshir between July 11 and 12.
Speaking to Italian news agency ANSA, he said the information came from eye witnesses who had fled the village.
Across the area seized by IS in June, episodes of violence against children have quadrupled when compared to previous months, he added.
Babille voiced UNICEF’s concern for the safety of thousands of other predominantly Shiite Turkmen civilians besieged by IS forces in the town of Amirli, Salahuddin province.
Calling for a “humanitarian D-Day” for the 700,000 refugees estimated to have fled IS violence in northern Iraq, Babille said the international community should establish a “safe haven” protected by peace-keeping forces.
“There is too much prevarication by the international community. If there is no intervention we risk the disintegration of the Middle East and Europe… will pay the consequences.”