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YEREVAN. – Two public figures of the Yezidi community of Armenia, Sashik Sultanyan and Rustam Bakoyan, on Saturday went on a three-day hunger strike outside the United Nations (UN) Office in Armenia.

They are demanding to put an end to the genocide of the Yezidis in northern Iraq.

The public figures also demand from the UN to assist the Yezidis in liberating 8,000 to 9,000 Yezidis that are held captive by the Islamic State.

“They are selling the captive Yezidi women in the Arab markets,” added Bakoyan to Armenian News-NEWS.am.

The Yezidis also demand that the UN Security Council intervene, and, to ensure the safety of the Yezidis, a Yezidi autonomy to be formed in the Shangal (Sinjar) province in northern Iraq.

“The Yezidis in Iraq, [and] representatives of the Yezidi community in European countries also have gone on a hunger strike today,” added Bakoyan.

He also informed that ten Yezidis from Shangal have petitioned to them, and with a request to be relocated to Armenia.

“We will try to assist them and transfer [them] here,” said Rustam Bakoyan. “[But] I believe that, once the situation is handled in Shangal, we will be able to return these Yezidis to their homes.”

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