62 mass graves with thousands of Yazidi victims’ relics found in Sinjar: Official

The total number of mass graves of Yazidi victims have reached 62 in Sinajr, west of Nineveh, an official was quoted saying on Tuesday.

Speaking to AlSumaria News, Fahd Hamed Omar, acting mayor of Sinjar, said, “a human rights team arrived at Sinjar and counted the amount of discovered Yazidi mass graves, which reached 62 so far.”

Some graves, according to Omar, includes thousands of relics of civilians, while others composed of couple of victims’ relics. “Among the executed are whole families that were killed by Islamic State.”

“IS executed them collectively on the eighth day after controling Sinjar. We were watching from the top of Sinjar mountain how they executed and buried them using machines in mass graves,” Omar added.

He described the execution of Yazidis as “the biggest genocide in the modern times.”

Earlier on the day, a mass grave composed of relics of Yazidi victims was found in Sinjar, Alqurtas News website reported.

Relics of 24 Yazidis were found in Kesra al-Mei’rab village. They were shot in the heads and chests, Iraqi officials told Al-Hurra TV channel.

Iraqi troops, according to the officials, were extradited to forensic medicine department to identify their relatives.

Habitat of the Iraqi Yazidi religious minority, Sinjar came under the international spotlights after IS militants took over the region in 2014.

Many Yazidis were persecuted and held in Mosul by Islamic State, which considered them devil-worshippers.