BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:30 P.M.) – Over 200 mass graves have been discovered in areas of Iraq formerly under the control of the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS; formerly ISIS/ISIL), according to a report released in Geneva on Tuesday by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).
OHCHR spokesperson Ravina Shamdasani stated that the graves contain the “remains of thousands of victims” and added that the uncovered sites vary widely in size as “the smallest site, in west Mosul, contained eight bodies while the biggest is believed to be the Khasfa sinkhole south of Mosul which may contain thousands.”
According to the report mass graves have been found in the governates of Kirkuk, Nineveh, Saladin and Anbar in the northern and western parts of the country.
IS seized control of large areas of Iraq between June 2014 and December 2017 and led a campaign of systematic violence against non-Arab and non-Sunni Muslim communities within its territory, that according to international law could amount to war crimes or even genocide.
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