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Exodus: Persecuted Yazidis Flee Islamic State

Image: Displaced people from minority Yazidi sect, fleeing violence from forces loyal to Islamic State in Sinjar town, walk towards Syrian border, on outskirts of Sinjar mountain
Displaced people from the minority Yazidi sect, fleeing violence from forces loyal to the Islamic State in Sinjar town, walk towards the Syrian border, on the outskirts of Sinjar mountain, on Aug. 10. Rodi Said / Reuters

Displaced people from Iraq’s Yazidi sect walk towards the Syrian border on the outskirts of Sinjar mountain to flee violence from forces loyal to the Islamic State on Sunday.

Islamic State militants have killed at least 500 members of the ethnic minority during their offensive in the northern Iraq, according to Reuters. The Islamic State, which has declared a caliphate in parts of Iraq and Syria, has prompted tens of thousands of Yazidis and Christians to flee for their lives.

Image: Displaced people from minority Yazidi sect, fleeing violence from forces loyal to Islamic State in Sinjar town, ride in trunk of car as they make way towards Syrian border, on outskirts of Sinjar mountain
Displaced people from the minority Yazidi sect, fleeing violence from forces loyal to the Islamic State in Sinjar town, ride in the trunk of a car as they make their way towards the Syrian border on Aug. 10. Rodi Said / Reuters