Yazidis and Syrian Kurds and their allies under attack by Turkey and its proxies

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Yazidi civilian ready to defend her village

The last 36 hours have seen major developments in the Middle East in defiance of directives issued by British and US-led Coalition forces. Turkish militias are attacking anti-Daesh (Isis/Isil) units near the Syrian city of Manbij. And at the same time, Turkish-backed forces have launched an attack on the long-suffering Yazidi community.

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Press release from Ezidi Council

URGENT CALL YAZIDI SINJAR COUNCIL AND ITS YBŞ SELF-DEFENSE FORCE
3 MARCH 2017

KDP PESHMERGA BARZANI ATTACK RIGHT NOW YAZIDI PEOPLE!

URGENT CALL TO CONDEMN ATTACKS AND FOR MEDIATION

THESE ATTACKS PUT ANTI ISIS CAMPAIGN IN JEOPARDY

Since the night of 2 March the KDP Peshmerga under leadership of President Barzani of the Kurdistan Regional Government attack the Yazidi YBŞ/YJE in the places Sinune and khanesor in Sinjar. Fights are ongoing as KDP sends reinforcements to continue the violence against the Yazidi’s.

This is a final attempt to break any independent will of the Yazidi’s. This attempt follows the visit of Barzani to Erdogan.

However after the genocide under ISIS the Yazidi people will not become again defenceless pawns dominated by another leader that the Yazidi’s of Sinjar did not elect at any moment. The YBŞ will defend until the last man and woman.

The YBŞ and Sinjar Council did put forward a proposal for negotiations with the KDP Peshmerga but these proposals for talks are ignored. The goal of Barzani is to subjugate the Yazidi’s at all costs. The YBŞ and Sinjar Council call the EU and US to help to start negotiations as necessary alternative to this violence.

The YBŞ and Sinjar Council call to all other Kurdish parties as well as the Iraqi Government to come forward and put serious public pressure at Barzani to stop this attack immediately.

The world has recognised that the Yazidi’s were victims of ISIS. Will the world stand up against this violence in time this time? The US and EU need to tell Barzani to stop immediately!

Contact information: +964 7724960323 & +964 7511753273

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