Seven Iraqi Yazidis who the "Islamic State of Iraq and Syria" (ISIS) had kidnapped in 2014, were rescued in a Syrian area that was under ISIS control, the Office for Yazidi Abductees' Affairs in Duhok said Sunday (January 13th).
"Two Yazidi families were rescued and returned to Dohuk," office chief Hussain al-Qaidi said in a statement.
"The first family consists of four members -- a mother and her three children -- while the second consists of a mother and her two children," al-Qaidi said.
Since the beginning of 2019, another group of kidnapped Yazidis has been freed in Syria, he said, adding that two Yazidi girls have also arrived in the Kurdish region after they were freed from ISIS.
This represents "a big hope for the families of kidnapped Yazidis that major efforts are underway to rescue the others from the terrorists’ grip using all available resources", he said.