UNHCR Reports ISIL May Have Captured 3,000 Fleeing Iraqis

Time: 6:13 p.m. CEST

The United Nations refugee agency UNHCR reports that Islamic State group may have captured up to 3,000 fleeing Iraqi villagers, Reuters reports. “UNHCR has received reports that ISIL captured on 4 August up to 3,000 IDPs (internally displaced people) from villages in Hawiga District in Kirkuk Governorate trying to flee to Kirkuk city. Reportedly, 12 of the internally displaced persons have been killed in captivity,” the UNHCR report said. The report came after a statement from the Iraqi Observatory for human rights, which stated about 1,900 civilians had been captured by an estimated 100-120 Islamic State militants. Reuters, citing the report, says, tens of civilians had been executed and six burnt.




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