VIDEO: "Free Syrian Army" militants mock, burn Yezidi religious symbols in Afrin
Video footage was recently published by Yezidi sources, shows moment a Free Syrian Army (FSA) member burning ribbons hanging on a holy tree in front of “Huger” shrine.
The tree is known by the Yezidis as “the tree of wishes” and was visited by Muslims too.
Historically, the Yazidis lived primarily in communities located in present-day Iraq, Turkey and Syria and also had significant numbers in Armenia, Georgia and Iran.
Events since the end of the 20th century have resulted in considerable demographic shift in these areas as well as mass emigration.As a result, population estimates are unclear in many regions, and estimates of the size of the total population vary.