- IS militants executed 19 Yazidi girls for refusing to have sex with them
- They were burned alive in central Mosul while held in iron cages
- Witnesses said they could not do anything to stop the execution
In the latest example of their brutality, Islamic State militants were reported to have executed 19 Yazidi girls by burning them alive.
According to ARA News, the girls were killed after refusing to have sex with the militants.
“They were punished for refusing to have sex with ISIS militants,” local media practitioner Abdullah al-Malla told the outlet.
The girls, who were placed in iron cages, were burned in full view of the public in central Mosul. Witnesses said they could do nothing to help them.
“The 19 girls were burned to death, while hundreds of people were watching. Nobody could do anything to save them from the brutal punishment,” an eyewitness reportedly said.
Yazidis, ethnic Kurds who practice what could be described to be an esoteric mix of Christianity, Islam, and Zoroastrianism, are the favorite targets of IS due to their religious beliefs.
Yazidis are often derided as “devil worshippers” by extremists who argue that chief angel — called the Peacock Angel — central to their tenets is none other than Satan.
According to the United Nations, IS — which holds large swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria as part of its drive to establish an Islamic caliphate — is believed to be holding 1,800 Yazidi women and girls in captivity.
International human rights watchdog Human Rights Watch (HRW) has repeatedly called on IS to release the captives. It also accused the extremists of committing genocide against the Yazidis.
“The abuses against Yezidi women and girls documented by Human Rights Watch, including the practice of abducting women and girls and forcibly converting them to Islam and/or forcibly marrying them to ISIS members, may be part of a genocide against Yezidis,” HRW said.