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Islamic fundamentalists: “expel Christians from Mosul ”

ICC Note

Despite the decrease of in violence in Iraq , Christians in the country continue to face increased persecution. In the city of Mosul alone, nine Christians have been killed due to their faith.

10/09/2008 Iraq (AsiaNews) – Jalal Moussa, 38, is the latest victim in the campaign of hatred launched by Islamic fundamentalists against Christians in Mosul , the theater of an “endless martyrdom,” to the silence of the media and the international community. Jalal, a Christian of the Chaldean rite, was shot to death in front of his home in the neighborhood of Noor, the same neighborhood where Fr. Ragheed Gani and three deacons were killed in 2007, and where Archbishop Paulo Farj Rahho was kidnapped. The kidnapping of the archbishop of Mosul at the end of February ended tragically two weeks later, when the archbishop’s body was found in an abandoned lot outside of the city.

There is no end to the bloodshed in Mosul : in less than a week, nine people have died because they were Christians. From the town in the province of Nineveh come dramatic appeals, pleading “that silence not fall” over the continuing slaughter. “A campaign is underway to drive the Christians out of the area,” a source reveals to AsiaNews, “and yesterday, a car with a loudspeaker went around the streets in the neighborhood of Sukkar, ordering the Christians to leave.” “Christians out of the city,” the people on board were shouting, “otherwise you will be victims of more attacks.”

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