The Sinjar massacre began when Islamic State (IS) attacked and captured Sinjar and neighbouring towns in Iraqi Kurdistan on 3 August 2014. At least 5,000 Yazidis were killed and about 40,000 fled to the Sinjar mountains. PKK fighters eventually arrived in the area helping thousands of Yazidis by opening up a safe corridor. 50,000 Yazidis are estimated to have been displaced as a result.
Escape from IS
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