UN Goodwill Ambassador says Turkish attack on Afrin foreshadows genocide and ethnic cleansing

by Wladimir van Wilgenburg   Reuters  


UN Goodwill Ambassador and ISIS survivor Nadia Murad on Monday called for a ceasefire in Afrin and called on Turkey to stop the attacks on Afrin that so far have killed over 200 civilians.

“Today, I received information that the area of Afrin inhabited by Kurds, Yazidis and Christians is under siege from all sides. There is only one road through which people can leave the city,” she said in a statement.

“200 civilians have been killed, including 3 Yazidi children. Shrines and religious sites have been destroyed or forcibly converted into mosques. People’s homes are being looted and minorities are being shamed by extremist militias,” she added.

“Many of these actions are war crimes and should be documented. This horror is reminiscent of the initial actions of ISIS in Iraq. Medical and healthcare services are urgently needed. This situation foreshadows "ethnic cleansing" and genocide,” she stated.

The ISIS survivor appealed to the UN, EU, and UN Security Council to demand that all sides respect the rights of civilians and work toward a cease-fire.

“I also call on humanitarian organizations and UN agencies to provide support to civilians in the areas where access to food and medical is rapidly disappearing. All sides in Syria should work together for a peace process that will ensure peace, stability, the protection of the rights of all religious and ethnic minorities. Now is the time to heal wounds, avoid further escalations and return to normality for people in Iraq and Syria,” she concluded.

Islamist groups and the Turkish special forces are about 1 km away from the city of Afrin, and over 900,000 civilians are stuck in Afrin.

In the northeast of Afrin, there are fierce attacks with air strikes and artillery fire.

According to the Ezidipress news website, Turkish backed Islamist captured the sixth Yezidi village on Sunday, called Qibar.

“Qibar has a pilgrimage site of Ezidis. Several years, jihadists tried to destroy the holy place. Now they have raided the village with the help of a NATO member,” the Ezidipress website reported.

Turkish military and Islamists have already captured and looted several Yazidi villages, such as Qastel Jindo.. In the video, the Islamists are seen screaming, laughing and cheering at the village square of the Yezidi village. "This is the market of these pigs," a fighter shouts.

Many villagers have been missing since the Turkey-backed jihadists attacked. It is feared that the events of 2014 in the Yazidi city of Sinjar could now be repeated with the help of Turkey in the Syrian city of Afrin.