UN warns of possible Amerli 'massacre'by ISIStext_fields
The UN has called for action to prevent what it says may be a possible massacre in the northern Iraqi town of Amerli.
Amerli, has been under siege by ISIS for two months and has no electricity or drinking water. Food and medical supplies have also become scare. The majority of Amerli's residents are Turkmen Shia, seen as apostates by ISIS. The town's inhabitants said that they would have to counter the militants themselves since no foreign aid reached the town since the siege began.
Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, the most influential Shia cleric in Iraq, had expressed his concern over the plight of Amerlis on Friday.
ISIS militants have seized large swathes of Iraq and Syria in recent months. The US has been supporting Iraqi and Kurdish troops in tackling the insurgents including launching air strikes targeting ISIS since August 8.