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(FOX) - There are reports that ISIS terrorists have massacred dozens of yazidis in a village in the country's north, just miles from Mount Sinjar.
Multiple sources confirm to FOX News that a terrible tragedy has occurred on Friday in the village of Kujo that is 10 miles South of Mt. Sinjar. The residents there apparently do not agree to the ISIS demand to convert to Islam and so at least 80 men were killed, dozens of women and children were kidnapped. And on Friday the U.S. has said that it has sent unmanned drones over that village and has attacked ISIS locations in response to those reports. All this comes one day after President Barack Obama said the siege of yazidis on Mt. Sinjar itself is over.
The siege of ethnic minority yazidis on Mount Sinjar might be over according to President Obama, but the flood of refugees leaving that mountain and area continues with 25,000 having come in just the last three days.
"Rising numbers of displaced people coming from Sinjar district and Sinjar mountains have been crossing this pontoon behind me over the last 48 hours," said Marzio Babille, a UNICEF representative.
All across northern Iraq the search is on for food, shelter and sustenance.
With hundreds of thousands of refugees fleeing the ISIS militants, desperate people are looking for any place to stay including uner a half-finished office building. Young people, old people and entire families living rough under a roof.
Those sheltered at a location in Irbil are Christian refugees. The Catholic Caldean church alone is running 25 refugee centers.
Still, while they say they can provide three meals a day to these sad people, they cannot supply hope, says Irbil Archbishop Bashar al Warda.
"Most of them would like to go back to prepare their papers and leave the country," he said of the refugees.
Still some in Iraq do have guarded hope now that the divisive Nouri al-Malaki has announced he will give up power, allowing Prime Minister-Designate Haider al-Abadi to take over. Al-Abadi promised on Friday that his new government would have "integrity" in dealing with the problems Iraq faces.
"I hope that the new government will change the conditions but it is very difficult," said the archbishop.
Some are expressing reservations about the United States' role in helping handle the crisis.
One Iraqi branding Obama as "hesitant." There is a legacy to maintain, says the archbishop.
"We have to remember the lives of thousands of Americans who sacrificed themselves. You cannot just neglect everything and say we ended everything. It's not ended," he said.
With new reports of fierce clashes between ISIS and Iraqi forces 70 miles north of Baghdad the fight looks far from over.
The European Union late Friday said it would clear the way for its member countries including the United Kingdom and France to help arm Kurdish Peshmerga fighters. With ISIS bearing down, the U.S. has already said it will.