Round-Up: Palmyra, Contingency Planning for Regime Losses, UN Response to Enslavement Crisis » IRAQ-SYRIA-CONFLICT-US-YAZIDI

Yazidi women look on at Al-Tun Kopri health centre, located half way between the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk and Arbil, after they were released with around 200 mostly elderly members of Iraq's Yazidi minority near Kirkuk on January 17, 2015 after being held by the Islamic State jihadist group for more than five months. Medical teams from the Kurdistan Regional Government carried out blood tests and provided emergency care to the group of Yazidis, many of whom looked sick and distraught. Yazidi officials and rights activists say thousands of members of their Kurdish-speaking community are still in captivity.

AFP PHOTO / SAFIN HAMID


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