Female commander says Tabqa liberation was a revenge for the Yezidi women enslaved by ISIS

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Leadership of the Syrian Democratic Forces speaking to a press conference on the launch of the battle for Raqqa. Photo: ARA News

ARA News 

Rojda Felat, commander of the Kurdish Women’s Protection Units (YPJ) leading the “Euphrates Wrath Operation” to liberate Raqqa, said that the liberation of Tabqa city, in Syria’s northeastern Raqqa province, from ISIS was a revenge for the Yezidi women and that this year will be the year of liberating all abducted women.

Felat said that during the Tabqa and Raqqa campaign many civilians and Yezidi women enslaved by ISIS militants were freed. “The liberation of Tabqah city and the dam was revenge for the Yezidi women,” she told Firat agency on Thursday.

The YPJ leader Rojda Felat promised the people of the region that Raqqa will be soon liberated from ISIS, adding that 2017 will become the year of freedom and liberation for all women abducted by ISIS jihadists.

A study by LSE (London School of Economics) researchers has provided evidence that the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) killed or kidnapped an estimated 9,900 members of the Yezidi religious minority over the course of a few days in August 2014.

ISIS subjugated the Nineveh governorate in northern Iraq, home to most of Iraq’s minority groups, during the summer of 2014. These minorities were systematically targeted by ISIS in a violent campaign to ‘purify’ the region of non-Islamic influences.

The Yezidis living in the area of Mount Sinjar were singled out for a particularly brutal attack.

According to a report of the Kurdish Hawar News Agency (ANHA) most of the women and girls have been moved to Deir ar-Zour.

“3,485 Yezidi women and girls have been lost during the last 5 months, and in accordance to what some people stated, many IS’ Amirs (princes) took those women and girls with them and withdrew heading towards Deir ez-Zor,” the report said.

“Others said that the women and girls were sold to merchants from Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and other countries,” the report added.

Reporting by: Wladimir van Wilgenburg | Source: ARA News

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