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Mass grave found in Nineveh containing remains of more than 600 people

2020-06-30

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SULAIMANI — The Nineveh Directorate of Martyrs said on Tuesday (June 30) announced the discovery of a new mass grave near the city of Mosul, which it believes contains the remains of more than 600 people.

The directorate said that the mass grave was found after the security forces combed the area during an operation to root out Islamic State (ISIS) militants.

In November 2018, the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) announced that more than 200 mass graves have been discovered in areas that were liberated from ISIS, which experts believe contain the remains of between 6,000 and 12,000 victims.

ISIS militants attacked Sinjar and the Nineveh Plain in August 2014 and thousands Ezidis and other local residents fell to the hands of the militant group.

Iraqi forces recaptured Nineveh governorate in 2017, but ISIS sleeper cells and militants continue to be active in the area.

The Iraqi Security Forces have conducted three large-scale operations against the militants in the province, most recently on May 17.

(NRT Digital Media)