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In several regions of Iraq formerly controlled by militants of the terrorist group “Islamic state” (IG, is prohibited in Russia), 202 discovered mass graves containing the remains of several thousand people. This is stated in the UN report, Reuters reports.
Mass graves found in four provinces: Nineveh, Kirkuk, Salah al-DIN and Anbar. Among the buried there are women and children, the elderly and the disabled, as well as military and police. Presumably, all buried in such graves of the victims of the militants.
To date, studied only 28 graves, of which got 1258 telephone According to experts, in total, the graves are from 6 to 12 thousand bodies, but the exact number is currently difficult. The smallest one was found at the moment of burial was located in Mosul, it contained the remains of eight people. It is believed that in the largest naturally formed crater in the center Haspa near the city is buried about 4 thousand people.
The UN called the incident a systematic and widespread campaign of violence. It is noted that all mass graves should be protected from external interference. Their study will reveal the including war crimes, crimes against humanity and possible genocide.
In the world body earlier said that the terrorists of ISIS killed approximately 33 thousands of civilians in Iraq, more than 55 thousand were wounded. All three years, during which the militants control part of the territory of the country, they terrorized the inhabitants and carried out mass executions, in particular persecuted ethnic and religious minorities, including Christians and Yazidis.
Terrorists “Islamic state” occupied part of the territory of Iraq in the summer of 2014. After a year with the support of the international coalition, the Iraqi government began a massive campaign to liberate areas seized by militants. In December 2017, the Prime Minister of Iraq Haidar al-Abadi announced the final victory over the IG, noting that the threat of terrorism in the country continues.
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