Many of the refugees have been seeking refuge in the country’s semi-autonomous Kurdistan region.
Representatives from the country’s Islamic Supreme Council in Erbil paid a visit to a number of refugees in Kurdistan.
“Our religion urges us to open our Hosseinias, shrines and homes for the homeless regardless of their descent or belief. Our religion urges us to be humane,” said Karwan Fathi Maasoum, a representative, adding, “We are all partners in this country and in this crisis as well. We must stand united in the face of this disease called Takfiri plaguing our country.”
According to the report, many of the refugees leave their homes fearing sexual violence against women and children by the terrorists.
“I feared for my girls’ lives. We feared they would be abducted like the others. We left everything behind,” said a female refugee.
Iraq has been fighting ISIL Takfiri terrorists since they took control of Mosul on June 10. The takeover was followed by the fall of the city of Tikrit, located 140 kilometers (87 miles) northwest of the capital Baghdad. The control of Tikrit was later retaken by the Iraqi army.
The ISIL terrorists have been committing heinous crimes in the captured areas, including the mass execution of civilians and Iraqi security forces.
Soldiers of the Iraqi army have been engaged in heavy fighting with the militants on different fronts and have so far been able to push back militants in several areas.
The United States has also been carrying out air strike against the ISIL militants.