Iraqi Christians flee after Isis issue Mosul ultimatum

Iraqi Christians pray at a church outside the city of Mosul after fleeing violence - 1 July 2014

Iraqi Christians pray at a church outside the city of Mosul after fleeing violence – 1 July 2014

(SOURCE)  Iraqi Christians are fleeing Mosul after Islamist militants threatened to kill them unless they converted to Islam or paid a “protection tax”.

A statement issued by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isis) was read out at the city’s mosques.

It called on Christians to comply by midday on Saturday or face death if they did not leave the northern city.

Isis has control of large parts of Syria and Iraq and said last month it was creating an Islamic caliphate.

The ultimatum cited a historic contract known as “dhimma,” under which non-Muslims in Islamic societies who refuse to convert are offered protection if they pay a fee, called a “jizya”.

“We offer them three choices: Islam; the dhimma contract – involving payment of jizya; if they refuse this they will have nothing but the sword,” the Isis statement said.

Isis fighters hold their flag aloft after taking control of an army checkpoint in the north of the country - 11 June 2014

Isis has declared the creation of an Islamic state in the parts of Syria and Iraq that is controls.

 

Iraqi women pray at a church outside the northern city of Mosul - 1 July 2014

Iraqi women pray at a church outside the northern city of Mosul – 1 July 2014.

 “Christian families are on their way to Dohuk and Irbil,” in the neighbouring autonomous region of Kurdistan, Patriarch Louis Sako told the AFP news agency.

“For the first time in the history of Iraq, Mosul is now empty of Christians,” he said.

The patriarch, one of the most senior Christian clerics in Iraq, said militants had been seen tagging Christian houses with the letter N for “Nassarah”, a term used for Christians in the Koran.

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1 thought on “Iraqi Christians flee after Isis issue Mosul ultimatum

  1. He who lives by the sword, shall die by the sword..and when Jesus comes out of his mouth comes a sword of truth of Gods Word that will sting the heart of non-believers. Christ in you will sustain your hearts brothers and sisters around the world.

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