Via Syria Direct:

The Islamic State (IS) allegedly captured more than 400 Yazidi women from Sinjar in northern Iraq Tuesday night, reported pro-Kurdistan news Shafaaq News Wednesday.

“IS distributed the captured women to its fighters in the forests of Mosul and Tal Afar,” reported a correspondent for Kuwaiti news channel Aladalah TV on Wednesday.

Yazidis are a religious minority in northern Syria and Iraq who speak Kurdish.

The kidnappings come in the midst of IS’s takeover of Sinjar, the homeland of many Yazidis in Iraq, which began Sunday, causing thousands to flee the region.

The area had been protected by the Iraqi Kurdish military forces known as the pershmerga, but quickly fell against IS’s attacks.