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Amnesty International Accuses ISIS of Ethnic Cleansing

Tue, 02 Sep 2014 15:08:02 +0000

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Amnesty International is accusing the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria of "a systematic campaign of ethnic cleansing" in Iraq.

According to a briefing published on Tuesday, dozens of men and boys were rounded up and massacred on the outskirts of villages, and "hundreds, possibly thousands" of women and children have been abducted since ISIS militants took control of northern Iraq.

Amnesty International's Senior Crisis Response Adviser Donatella Rovera said that ISIS' actions "provide harrowing new evidence that a wave of ethnic cleansing against minorities is sweeping across northern Iraq."

During August, Amnesty International says it found evidence of "several" mass killings. These killings, along with numerous abductions "have succeeded in terrorizing the entire population...leading thousands to flee in fear for their lives," said the Amnesty International post.

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