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Press Release on the blasts in Sinjar

16 August 2007

"Twenty-four hours after the blasts in Sinjar, in north western Iraq, there was no explanation for why such a savage massive terror would be unleashed against members of a small, and the most deprived community in Iraq, the Yazidi Kurds. Yazidi is a religious minority, extremists and mindless fanatics consider them as infidels. Said Jabbar Hasan of Iraqi Association in London.

The death toll in a horrific quadruple bombing in an area of mud and clay houses in Sinjar on Tuesday reached 250, and 350 wounded, this may rise sharply. The simultaneous attack in north western Iraq on Yazidi Kurds is the latest indiscriminate barbarism against defenceless civilians, and those who suffer the most are women and children.

Rescuers used bare hands and shovels to claw through clay houses shattered by an onslaught of suicide bombings that killed hundreds of Yazidi Kurds. Women and children were buried as clay and mud houses collapsed.

"The people of the area are appealing now to governmental and non-governmental organizations to help them with medicines, food, water and tents." Said Jabbar Hasan. We urge Iraqi leaders to set aside their political and religious differences to work together to protect civilians and help families of the victims, and the injured people of the frequent sadistic attacks of evil murderers.

For more information please contact Jabbar Hasan on 020 8741 5491 Email: info@iraqiassociation.org

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