Update (6:05 p.m. EST): “We are thankful that America will intervene, at least by airforce,” a Pastor from Erbil told ICC just a few minutes ago. “There is a massive exodus of Christians, they are everywhere, though a majority in the Christian area of Ankawa,” he said.
“They are penniless, foodless, homeless, sleeping on roads and in alleys,” a priest of the Syriac Orthodox Patriarch told ICC. “All of our villages were emptied yesterday, they are fleeing towards Dohuk and Erbil.”
The United States Military has been dropping humanitarian aid to stranded communities who are in desperate need. Reports (video) are that over 5,000 gallons of water and 8,000 meals have been delivered to the Yezidi population stranded in the Sinjar mountains.
In the second round of military strikes, US drones and Navy fighter jets hit both a mortar position prepared to bomb the Kurdish city of Erbil and a convoy of 7 vehicles, according to military spokesman.
Along with the military concerns and the humanitarian crisis, there are continuing concerns over 100s of kidnapped women from Iraq’s Christian and Yezidi minority. Also, the Mosul dam on the Tigris river has been reportedly been seized by ISIS, putting the water supply at risk for much of southern Iraq, including as far as Baghdad, as well as potentially destroying the dam which could cost hundreds of thousands of lives, according to some analysts.
8/8/2014 Washington, D.C. (International Christian Concern)-International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that the United States launched a second round of warplanes and droppped bombs on an ISIS Target in Iraq today. According to NBC news, “the strikes occurred on a target northwest of Erbil.” Christians and other religious minorities have suffered violence, brutality and what can only be considered genocide, at the hands of ISIS. Thousands have fled their homes for safety. “In the past 24 hours as many as 2,000 families have arrived in Erbil,” a Christian leader from Erbil told ICC on Thursday evening. “There are 700 or 800 families who couldn’t find anywhere to sleep and are on the streets now,” he told ICC.