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Iraq to identify remains from ISIS graves in Sinjar

Iraq will begin identifying the remains of 141 people exhumed from mass graves that were found in the Yazidi region of Sinjar, Baghdad's forensic office has said in a statement.

This is part of an investigation by the Iraqi government and a special United Nations committee to collect evidence of crimes committed by ISIS.

The UN began its joint probe last year, exhuming the first mass graves of ISIS victims around the town of Kojo in Sinjar in March.

It said last month that 12 of 16 identified gravesites around Kojo had been exhumed.

Head of Baghdad's forensic office Zaid al-Yousef said the team took around 1,280 DNA samples from families in Sinjar to identify the remains.

“The problem is that for a lot of them, there is just a single survivor and the rest are all missing,” Yousef added.

"If we compare it with other terrorist attacks, we would find three, four, or five survivors for every missing person. But here, we have three, four, or five missing people for a single survivor," Yousef added.

Last Modified: Friday، 07 June 2019 12:33 PM