ISIL execution: 19 Yazidi girls burned alive in cages after refusing to be sex slaves

7 June 2016, A group of Yazidi girls who refused to become Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) sex slaves were locked in cages and burned alive, reports say.

ISIL jihadists publicly executed the 19 Yazidi girls in the city of Mosul in northern Iraq, according to the Kurdish ARA news agency.

The girls were killed in front of hundreds of people, according to local media activist Abdullah al-Malla. “They were punished for refusing to have sex with ISIL militants,” he told ARA.

ISIL is said to view Yazidis – members of an ancient religion who are of Kurdish ethnicity – as heretics and “fire-worshipers.”

A witness told the agency: 'The 19 girls were burned to death, while hundreds of people were watching.

'Nobody could do anything to save them from the brutal punishment.'

It is estimated more than 3,000 Yazidi girls have been taken as sex slaves by ISIS after they took over northern Iraq.

Thousands of them remain trapped on Mount Sinjar and according to local and military sources, they have suffered mass killings, rape and kidnappings.

In territories occupied by ISIS anybody who opposes their religion can be turned into slave, and they are often considered as 'devil worshippers' by the terror group.

When ISIL overran northern Iraq “it engaged in a systematic genocide of the Yazidi population, murdering the men and taking the women and children captive, forcing many into sex slavery,” the ARA report said.