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Belgium: Anti-ISIS activists swarm EU HQ, protesting Yezidis' plight01:04

Belgium: Anti-ISIS activists swarm EU HQ, protesting Yezidis' plight

Belgium, Brussels
August 8, 2014 at 22:24 GMT +00:00 · Published

Anti-ISIS protesters gathered outside EU buildings in Brussels, Friday to show their support for the plight of the Yezidi people in Iraq. Many held aloft banners denouncing ISIS aggression, while several Yezidi carried out a hunger strike to protest threats to their community in Iraq.

The ethno-religious group was recently targeted by militants affiliated with the Islamic State (IS; previously ISIS) due to their unique religious beliefs. Fleeing persecution, some 40,000 Yezidi are currently trapped and surrounded by ISIS forces on Mount Sinjar, in danger of starvation and dehyrdration.

The US conducted at least three rounds of airstrikes against IS forces in Iraq, Friday, reportedly including four F/A-18 naval jets dropping eight bombs on a convoy of seven IS vehicles.

US President Barack Obama announced Thursday that the US would launch airstrikes in the region if American lives were in danger; or to prevent humanitarian crises; or to help unite Iraqi forces against ISIS militants. Obama also permitted humanitarian aid to be delivered to Mount Sinjar.

Belgium: Anti-ISIS activists swarm EU HQ, protesting Yezidis' plight01:04
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Anti-ISIS protesters gathered outside EU buildings in Brussels, Friday to show their support for the plight of the Yezidi people in Iraq. Many held aloft banners denouncing ISIS aggression, while several Yezidi carried out a hunger strike to protest threats to their community in Iraq.

The ethno-religious group was recently targeted by militants affiliated with the Islamic State (IS; previously ISIS) due to their unique religious beliefs. Fleeing persecution, some 40,000 Yezidi are currently trapped and surrounded by ISIS forces on Mount Sinjar, in danger of starvation and dehyrdration.

The US conducted at least three rounds of airstrikes against IS forces in Iraq, Friday, reportedly including four F/A-18 naval jets dropping eight bombs on a convoy of seven IS vehicles.

US President Barack Obama announced Thursday that the US would launch airstrikes in the region if American lives were in danger; or to prevent humanitarian crises; or to help unite Iraqi forces against ISIS militants. Obama also permitted humanitarian aid to be delivered to Mount Sinjar.

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