Yazidi women being sold by ISIS in Syria?

ISIS have sold or given to members of their group hundreds of Yazidi women abducted by them, as per reports.

Last Updated: Aug 31, 2014, 22:43 PM IST

Damascus: ISIS have sold or given to members of their group hundreds of Yazidi women abducted by them, as per reports.

It was reported by a foreign daily that a organization, Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a UK-based monitoring group, that monitors the crisis in Syria has made the above observations.

The ISIS or the Islamic State has handed out about 300 female members of religious minority to its men in the past few weeks, it was said.

ISIS was previously referred to as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria or ISIL.

It is also being said that the women were kidnapped in Iraq and later taken to Syria and that for the jihadi group the women were captives of the spoils of war.

At the same time some may have been converted to Islam in order for the ISIS men to marry them.

They may have been sold in Aleppo, Raqqa suburbs and Al-Hassakah in Syria.

As the ISIS had advanced to their villages in strife-torn Iraq, tens of thousands of Yazidis had fled to Mount Sinjar. But they became trapped on the mountain and air-strikes were resorted to in order to dislodge ISIS from there.

The ISIS siege at Mount Sinjar was declared over on August 15 by US President Barack Obama.

As per some estimates, since early August, nearly 122,600 people in the Sinjar district have taken refuge in Kurdistan.

However, a number of villages in Sinjar are still said to be besieged by ISIS and other armed groups.

Considered one of the world's smallest and oldest monotheistic religious minorities, the religion of the Yazidis is said to be a pre-Islamic sect that draws from Christianity and Judaism.

It is also said to draw from ancient monotheistic religion of Zoroastrianism. They worship one God and honour seven angels.

They do not believe in the idea of sin, the devil and hell, unlike Muslims and Christians.

Meanwhile, Iraqi forces broke through to the jihadist-besieged town of Amerli today, where thousands of people have been trapped for more than two months with dwindling food and water, officials said.

Iraqi security forces, Shiite militiamen and Kurdish peshmerga fighters all took part in the operation, which was launched yesterday after days of preparations in which the various forces deployed for the assault and Iraqi aircraft carried out strikes against militants, as per AFP.

While forces from Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region have previously made gains in the north with backing from American air strikes, the Amerli operation was the first major offensive success for the federal government since the conflict began.

The United States announced that it carried out three air strikes in the Amerli area, the first time its more than three-week air campaign against jihadists in Iraq has been expanded outside the north.

With PTI inputs