(World Watch Monitor) — More than 200 mass graves containing the remains of thousands of people killed by Islamic State have been discovered in northern and western Iraq, according to a UN report that was released on Tuesday.
The report by UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) and the UN Human Rights Office documents the existence of 202 mass graves in the governorates of Ninewa, Kirkuk, Salah al-Din and Anbar. The sizes of the graves range from eight to what could be thousands of bodies, according to the UN Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights (OHCHR).
The report emphasizes that the evidence gathered will be critical in prosecuting Islamic State fighters for war crimes committed against civilians, but also in helping families to find out what happened to those who have gone missing, said the OHCHR.
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