France urges world powers to assist minorities in Syria, Iraq

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Yezidi refugees in Newroz Camp near Syria's Qamishli. Photo: ARA News

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Geneva – France intends to raise funds for humanitarian support to Middle Eastern ethnic and religious minorities who are exposed to persecution by the militant group of Islamic State, officials said on Friday.

France is expected to host a conference on Sept. 8 to raise money and provide humanitarian aid to Christians and other minority groups in Iraq and Syria.  

IS extremists have constantly targeted minority groups in the region, including Chritians and Yezidis. Militants committed mass executions against minorities in Syria and Iraq, beside displacing thousands of civilians from their areas. 

French officials told AP that the upcoming conference will host about 60 countries, in an attempt to unify efforts to providing humanitarian aid to those vulnerable minorities. 

The persecuted groups at the hands of IS radicals suffer an acute shortage of basic supplies, including food and medicine, amid continuous brutal practices.

The vulnerable minority groups in Syria and Iraq seem to be at the top of the French priorities in terms of humanitarian assistance.  

Reporting by: Lorin Silo 

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