As ISIS progresses in western Syria, Ismaili minority fears similar fate as Yezidis

ISIS31-1250x650.jpg

ISIS militants in Raqqa. File photo

ARA News 

HAMA – Militant fighters of the Islamic State (ISIS) have made new gains near the city of Salamiya in Syria’s western Hama province. 

ISIS militants have captured several villages in the countryside of Salamiya–main bastion for Syria’s Ismaili minority group.

“Subsequent to clashes with Syrian army troops, ISIS fighters took control of a number of villages in the area, including Taiba and Salm,” rights activist Edib Barazi told ARA News in Hama.

“The recent progress by ISIS militants has raised concerns among members of the Ismaili minority in Salamiya,” Barazi said. “People are afraid of facing a similar fate as Yezidi Kurds of Iraq if ISIS takes over Salamiya city.”

ISIS leadership issued a statement on Saturday, warning the Ismailis to surrender “or face the justice of Allah”.

The extremist group considers religious minorities like the Ismailis, Yezidis and Druzes as apostates.

Speaking to ARA News in Salamiya, Ismaili cleric Haidar al-Saleh said: “We are a peaceful minority and we had taken a neutral position towards the ongoing conflict in Syria.”

“The Ismailis try to avoid clashes with any armed group,” he said. “We are aware of the ongoing progress by ISIS in the countryside of Salamiya, and our community is highly concerned about its fate in case this radical group took over the city.”

The Ismaili cleric appealed to the international community to intervene and protect his community against possible atrocities by ISIS.

“With ISIS advance in Hama province, local minorities remember images from the ISIS atrocities against the Yezidi Kurds. We hope this nightmare won’t come true,” al-Saleh told ARA News.

In August 2014, ISIS extremists had taken control of the Yezidi Shingal district in northern Iraq, causing a mass displacement of nearly 400,000 people. Tens of thousands of Yezidi Kurds remained trapped in Mount Sinjar, suffering mass killings, kidnappings and rape at the hands of ISIS militants. Also, more than 3000 Yezidi girls have been taken by the radical group as sex slaves. The Kurdish Peshmerga troops regained control of the Yezidi Shingal region in November of 2015, after fierce battles against ISIS. The Kurdish forces have recently discovered more than five mass graves in the Yezidi region, where hundreds of Yezidi civilians have been summarily executed and buried by ISIS jihadis.    

Reporting by: Jean Janie 

Source: ARA News

For the latest news follow us on Twitter

Join our Weekly Newsletter

Shortlink:

Related Items

5 thoughts on “As ISIS progresses in western Syria, Ismaili minority fears similar fate as Yezidis”

  1. Shahabuddin Suhravardi says:

    How much stupid comments we see from Shahab Mithani…! Instead of saying something on support of the innocent people, Mithani- this is bad sign of where is going humanities

  2. Salim says:

    Iblis’s staste of Iraq n Syria. Doing all against will of Allah n sharia of Quran.
    Quran says following.
    Killing a man is killing humanity.
    Allah created u different so u know each other

  3. dean says:

    In the name of Allah, I humbly appeal to the Leaders of ISIS to exhibit mercy and stop the killings of human beings, show compassion and love. I pray for peace, love and care.

  4. dean says:

    In the name of Allah, I humbly appeal to the Leaders of ISIS to exhibit mercy and stop the killings of human beings, show compassion and love. I pray for peace, love and care. Sadruddin Jivani

  5. ZINAT says:

    ISIS PLEASE STOP THESE HIDEOUS ACTS. , WHAT ARE YOU MADE OF? I PRAY TO ALLAH TO BESTOW YOU WITH MERCY AND SEE WHAT YOU ARE DOING.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

5 × three =

Top