Ezidis protest against return of officials to Sinjar, saying that they have not provided services

Former mayor denies reports he was blocked at checkpoint
The frontline between the Kurdish forces with coalition partners and the Islamic States group is seen in the northern Iraqi town of Sinjar, November 13, 2015. AP Photo/Bram Janssen

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SULAIMANI — A number of Ezidis have staged a protest against an agreement that has reportedly allowed the return of officials who ran the local government in Sinjar before October of last year.

NRT Digital Media reporter Nzir Shingali said that a number of Ezidis protested at the Ayn Shahab check point between Sinjar and Tal Afar on Wednesday (October 31).

The protesters prevented former Sinjar mayor Mahma Khalil from entering the district to resume his post, the reporter added.

Acting mayor of Sinjar Fuad Hamid confirmed this to NRT Digital Media and said that the residents did not want the old officials to return to the district.

“They haven’t provided any services for the Ezidis and residents of Sinjar and they were reckless in fulfilling their duties,” Hamid added.

Responding to the reports, the former mayor denied that he was prevented from entering the district and that they would return to Sinjar on Wednesday.

“Some want to make chaos inside Sinjar,” Khalil added.

Khalil said on Tuesday that the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and the central government had reached an agreement allowing the return of the officials who ran the local government in Sinjar before October 2017.

Iraqi forces alongside units of the Hashid al-Shaabi launched an operation to retake the disputed areas, including Sinjar, from Kurdish forces in mid-October 2017. Since then, Sinajr’s officials have not been resident in the district.

(NRT Digital Media)