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UN Condemns Iraq's ISIS Jihadists Over Attacks on Yazidi Minority

Refugees flee from the ISIS onslaught.
Refugees flee from the ISIS onslaught. (Screen capture AP video)

By Safin Hamed
The UN Security Council on Tuesday condemned attacks by jihadists in northern Iraq, warning those responsible could face trial for crimes against humanity, amid fears the besieged Yazidi minority could be wiped out.

Iraqi helicopters dropped supplies to thousands of desperate people hiding in mountains from Islamic State (IS) fighters, as officials warned that the Yazidi in the town of Sinjar, near the Syrian border, risked being massacred or starved into extinction.

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The UN Security Council said IS militants posed a threat not only to Iraq and Syria, but to "regional peace, security and stability."

Raw Associated Press video.

"Widespread or systematic attacks directed against any civilian populations because of their ethnic background, religion or belief may constitute a crime against humanity, for which those responsible must be held accountable," said a Security Council statement read by British Ambassador Mark Lyall Grant.

He singled out the plight of the Yazidi, a closed community that follows an ancient faith rooted in Zoroastrianism and referred to by jihadists as "devil worshippers".

"Many of these Iraqis have been displaced or forced to flee and seek refuge, while many others have been executed and kidnapped," said the Council statement.

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