Iraq’s Christian community fears that it will again become the target of violence across the country. A recent string of attacks have rocked the country and Christians have been among those most affected by the violence. During the past ten years there has been an exodus of Christians from Iraq amid fears of violence as a result of the political instability and infighting across the country.
7/1/2013 Iraq (Worthy News) – Minority Christians in Iraq feared more violence Saturday, June 29, after several Assyrian Christian shops and one church were attacked, killing two people and injuring a dozen others, church representatives said.
The attacks began early Tuesday, June 15, when gunmen wounded two guards outside the St. Mary Assyrian Church in east Baghdad, according to local Christians and the Interior Ministry.
Reverend Martin David of the church said the armed men attacked security guards around 2 a.m. local time, injuring 31-year-old Yakoob Zabook “in the stomach” and hitting Raad Mekha, 26, “in the leg”.
One guard reportedly remained in hospital but was in stable condition Saturday, June 29.
AINA said the latest violence comes amid concerns that Assyrians, one of the main Christian groups in Iraq, are once again the target of violence as part of a wider anti-Christian campaign by Islamic militants that began in 2004 when the first church was bombed,
Since then the population of Assyrians in Iraq has dropped from 1.4 million to 600,000 with over half of Assyrians fleeing Iraq to Syria, Jordan and Turkey, according to Assyrian church estimates.
Other estimates say the real figure may be as low as 350,000.