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« on: February 27, 2015, 01:08:39 AM »
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  • The Islamic State has begun killing some of the 150 or more Christians taken hostage after the capture of several villages in northeast Syria, Aid to the Church in Need reports.

    Meanwhile an estimated 5,000 Christians in the region have fled their villages in the days following the Islamic State’s offensive, according to a report from Agence France-Presse. Most have fled to Al-Hasakah, the regional capital, or to Qamishli, a city of 180,000 on the Turkish border. There are reportedly no Christians remaining in the villages taken by the Islamic State, except those who are being held hostage.

    “Around 15 young Assyrians were martyred,” reported Archimandrite Emanuel Youkhana, who added that the number of Christians in captivity now may be as high as 350. He said that at least one woman had been beheaded and two men shot.

    It was unclear, from early reports, whether the Christians killed were hostages taken from the first villages captured by the Islamic State, or residents of other villages that were battling against the Muslim militants.

    The region’s leading Syriac Catholic prelate, Archbishop Jacques Behnan Hindo, said that the Turkey has allowed Islamic State militants to cross the border into Syria but is not permitting fleeing Christians to enter Turkey.


    http://www.catholicculture.org/news/headlines/index.cfm?storyid=24154

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  • An Iraqi government official has accused Daesh –also known as ISIL – of destroying a historical church early Monday in Mosul.

    Dureid Hikmat Tobia, the adviser for minorities of Ninawah province’s governor, told The Anadolu Agency that Daesh blew up St. Markourkas church – a 10th century Chaldean Catholic building.

    Daesh also bulldozed a graveyard attached to the church on a nearby hill, Tobia added.

    The Chaldean Catholic Church is made up of Assyrian people in Iraq whose language is Syriac, which is also used as the church’s liturgical language.

    This is not the first time that the extremist rebels have desecrated Christian graves in Mosul, according to Tobia.

    Daesh recently destroyed the ancient city of Nimrud in Iraq. UNESCO director general Irina Bokova has described the incident as a “war crime”.

    The purported incidents follow a video released by Daesh militants showing the extremist fighters purportedly destroying ancient artifacts in Mosul’s museum on Feb. 27. The monuments dated back to the 8th century B.C.

    Iraq has plunged into a security vacuum since June 2014, when Daesh stormed the northern Iraqi province of Mosul and declared what it called a caliphate in Iraq and Syria.

    http://www.aa.com.tr/en/politics/476310--iraq-daesh-destroys-historical-church-in-mosul


     

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