The special representative of the United Nations for Iraq, Nickolay Mladenov, asked today to take ” immediate action to prevent a possible slaughter of citizens” in the town of Amerli, besieged by jihadist Islamic State (EI) for two months.
In a statement, Mladenov expressed ” serious alarm ” by reports of ” inhuman conditions ” suffered by the inhabitants of this northern population of 26,000, mostly Shiites and ethnic Turkmen.
The EI considers Shiites apostates, also makes religious minorities such as Christians and Yazidis. ” The situation is desperate and requires immediate action to prevent a possible slaughter of Amerli population,” said the UN representative.
Surrounded by villages taken by the EI, Amerli, 180km north of Baghdad and Salah ad-Din province, suffers outage of food and water.
Mladenov called on the Iraqi government to do “everything possible ” to ensure the delivery of humanitarian aid to Amerli or evacuation of the population. “Allies of Iraq and the international community will have to cooperate with the authorities (Iraqis) to prevent a tragedy,” he said.
This month, the United States began to bomb areas of northern Iraq to stop the advance of the jihadists and allow the evacuation and delivery of aid to Yazidis refugees in Mount Sinjar.
Iraq is the scene of an armed conflict, sectarian dyes, since last June, when Sunni insurgents led by EI launched an offensive in the northern half of the country. The EI made rapid conquests and later that month declared an Islamic caliphate in the territories of Syria and Iraq under its control, which has mobilized many Shiite militiamen into the battlefield .
A Shiite militia attacked a Sunni mosque yesterday killing 70 worshipers in the eastern province of Diyala, which threatened to break the political process in the country.