Middle East WATCH: Iraqi police frees 11-year-old Ezidi girl from IS

WATCH: Iraqi police frees 11-year-old Ezidi girl from IS
Farah Dakhil, an 11-year-old Ezidi girl rescued by the Iraqi federal police forces in west Mosul, Iraq. (Photo: Iraqi Federal Police)

MOSUL, Iraq (Kurdistan24) – The Iraqi federal police forces on Friday freed a Kurdish Ezidi girl from the Islamic State (IS) in west Mosul.

The head of federal police forces Shakir Jawdat stated that the troops have rescued an 11-year-old Ezidi girl named Farah Dakhil in the neighborhood of Tenik, located in the western side of Mosul.

He mentioned that they have sent her to a special court in the town of Hamam al-Alil in the south Mosul where she will be protected while her case is investigated.

 

In Aug. 2014, the extremist group occupied the Ezidi-populated city of Sinjar (Shingal). The occupation led to the displacement of hundreds of thousands of Ezidis to Mount Shingal and Kurdistan Region.

IS committed mass executions against the Ezidis and kidnapped women who were treated as sex slaves and were sold in the markets in Mosul and Raqqa, IS’s strongholds.

On November 14, 2015, Peshmerga forces with the support of the US-led coalition airstrikes liberated Shingal from the jihadist group.

Although since 2014 thousands of kidnapped Ezidi people have been freed from IS, countless thousands remain under the group’s control.

 

Editing by Ava Homa