Fleeing Ezidis deprived of share from Iraq's petrol revenues
DİYARBAKIR, TurkeyDec 02, 2014 - 12:00 am GMT+3
Dec 02, 2014 12:00 am
Ezidis who fled Iraq due to the threat of the self-proclaimed Islamic State of Iraq and Sham (ISIS) are unable to claim their share of Iraq's petrol revenues, a Turkish refugee camp official told an Anadolu Agency reporter on Tuesday.
İsmail Hıdır, who is responsible for Ezidi refugees in Diyarbakır, said that each Ezidi family in Iraq should be paid around $800 on a monthly basis, with the money being taken from Iraq's petrol revenues.
Some 30,000 Ezidis have been accommodated in a number of refugee camps in Diyarbakir -- a province in southeastern Turkey.
The camp staff said that the Ezidis could not go to Iraq to collect the money because of the ISIS attacks in the region.
Violence instigated by ISIS militants claimed the lives of more than 1,400 people in August alone, and forced 1.2 million Iraqis, including Turkmen, Arabs, Christians and Ezidis, to flee their homes.
The U.S. is leading an international coalition, which includes France, Germany, and Saudi Arabia, among others, and has carried out numerous airstrikes against ISIS in Iraq and Syria, where the militants control large swathes of territory.