Iraqi forensic teams continue process of opening ISIS mass graves

SHIGUR, Iraq — After the defeat of the Islamic State (ISIS), Iraqi forensic teams continue searching for the remains of the many victims of the terrorist group in the country.

The Mass Graves Protection Department recently announced the completion of the exhumation of the Qeni mass grave in Shigur (Shengal or Sinjar), which contained the remains of Yezidi victims who were killed by ISIS.

The grave was opened in the presence of department head Abdullah al-Naili and with the support of the United Nations Investigative Team for Accountability of Da’esh/ISIL (UNITAD).

All the exhumed remains were handed over to the Forensic Medicine Department in the Iraqi Ministry of Health to complete laboratory tests and determine the identities of the victims. They will then be handed over to their families.