Displaced people from the minority Yazidi sect, fleeing violence from forces loyal to the Islamic State in Sinjar town, ride a donkey as they make their way towards the Syrian border. REUTERS/Rodi Said
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The United Nations said Thursday ISIS forces may have committed genocide in trying to wipe out the Yazidi minority in Iraq as well as war crimes against civilians including children.In a report based on interviews with more than 100 alleged victims and witnesses, the U.N. Human Rights Office urged the U.N. Security Council to refer the issue to the International Criminal Court (ICC) to prosecute perpetrators, including foreign members of the ultra-radical insurgent group. There was a "manifest pattern of attacks" by ISIS on Yazidis, viewed as "pagans" by ISIS, as well as Christians and other ethnic and religious minorities as its forces laid siege to towns and villages in Iraq, the report said.Nagra gave no figures on this, but said roughly 3,000 women, children and some men remained in ISIS custody.
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