ISIS pulls down church crosses in northern Iraq

Up to 1,500 manuscripts were burnt
ISIS pulls down church crosses in northern Iraq

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by Barney Henderson et al. | The Telegraph | August 7, 2014


Islamic State jihadists who took over large areas of northern Iraq overnight have forced thousands of Christians to flee and occupied churches, removing crosses and destroying manuscripts, Chaldean Patriarch Louis Sako has said.

“(The Christians) have fled with nothing but their clothes, some of them on foot, to reach the Kurdistan region,” Patriarch Sako told AFP.

“This is a humanitarian disaster. The churches are occupied, their crosses were taken down,” said Sako. He added that up to 1,500 manuscripts were burnt.

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