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ICC Note: The continued crisis in the Middle East has left Christians without protection and the constant threats from Islamic extremists who are set on driving them out of their homelands and taking them as their own. Global leaders, from the United States, Europe, Russia and elsewhere are searching for answers for what to do to preserve these communities that are at risk of disappearing for good.

10/29/2015 Middle East (RT) – Foreign Ministry’s plenipotentiary for Human Rights says Russia is extremely worried by the threat the current Middle East crisis poses for Christianity, adding that the extremists who launch attacks posing as Muslims were discrediting that religion.

Today’s situation in the Middle East Region is taking a critical shape, without any exaggeration. Radical extremists are conducting mass executions, destroy Christian churches, force people out of their homes and destroy holy sites with millennia-long history,” Konstantin Dolgov was quoted as saying by RIA Novosti.

The ombudsman said Russian authorities were “in the most serious way concerned about the fate of the 2000-long presence of Christianity in the Middle East” and reminded the journalists that since the beginning of the armed conflict in Syria the numbers of Christian population in this country dropped from 2.2 million to 1.2 million and that the most important Christian holy sites in this country had been attacked or destroyed.

Dolgov stated that the terrorists who used Muslim slogans as a cover for their activities were discrediting this religion. He also added that the outburst of this “malicious phenomenon” could be caused by the activities of various nations outside the Middle East region, especially Western countries pursuing their own interests.

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