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3,500 People, Mainly Yezidi Women and Children, Held as Slaves by Daesh

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About 3,500 people mainly women and children, are thought to be held as slaves in Iraq by Islamic State militants, the United Nations said on Tuesday.

According to the report, the militant group, which also controls large parts of neighboring Syria, has committed a range of abuses that may "in some instances, amount to war crimes, crimes against humanity, and possibly genocide’’, the Jerusalem Post reports.

"Those being held are predominantly women and children and come primarily from the Yezidi community, but a number are also from other ethnic and religious minority communities," the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq and UN human rights office announced the joint report issued in Geneva

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