Over 200 people from the Yazidi community that were held captive by the Islamic State in Mosul have been released.
Mainly women, the elderly and children were released on Wednesday. Roughly 40 of the 216 released were children. Many of the captives were said to have shown signs of poor health, abuse and neglect.
The abductees, who had been held in captivity for eight months, were handed over to Kurdish authorities in the Northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk. They were then transported to the Kurdish region of Erbil to seek medical treatment and care.
No indication has been given as to why the Yazidi captives were released, although authorities suggest it may have been done to eliminate the strain of providing food, shelter and medical assistance for the captives. There is some speculation that Yazidi tribal leaders may have paid ISIL for the release.
The captives were originally abducted in the Northern Iraqi town of Sinjar in August last year. – Greta Levy
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