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Iraqi Christians Fleeing to Lebanon

ICC Note

Forced to flee their homes, Iraqi Christians are faced with new challenges in their host country of Lebanon .

08/20/2008 Lebanon (AINA)-Iraqi Christians are finding themselves in legal limbo in Lebanon as sectarian violence in northern Iraq forces many religious minorities to flee their country.

Iraqi Christians face increased sectarian tension in northern Iraq as al-Qaida fighters increasingly flock to the area as their last remaining stronghold. Many refugees in Lebanon told the Swiss ISN Security Watch that gunmen frequently threatened the Christian communities in Mosul with death if they did not convert to Islam.

Of the 50,000 Iraqi refugees living in Lebanon , around 30 percent are Christian. But Lebanese officials interviewed by ISN said that figure may rise as refugees have fled the deteriorating security situation in Mosul in the last few months.

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