Security Council condemns ISIL attacks in Iraq

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The systematic persecution of minority populations by rebel fighters of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has been strongly condemned by the Security Council.

The Council issued a statement late on Thursday amidst reports that ISIL militants were attacking vulnerable minorities in Iraq.

It again expressed its deep outrage that hundreds of thousands of Iraqis, many of them from vulnerable Christian and Yezidi communities, have been displaced by ISIL's attacks and are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance.

Ambassador Mark Lyall Grant of the United Kingdom is the President of the Security Council for the month of August.

"The members of the Security Council condemn in the strongest terms the systematic persecution of individuals from minority populations and those who refuse the extremist ideology of ISIL and associated armed groups. The members of the Security Council reiterate that widespread or systematic attacks directed against any civilian populations because of their ethnic background, political grounds, religion or belief may constitute a crime against humanity, for which those responsible must be held accountable." (32")

The Security Council urged the international community to support the government and people of Iraq and to help alleviate the suffering of the population affected by the current conflict in the country.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.

Duration: 1’37″

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