Mosul, July 1, 2014
A wave of killings and violence has swept the Iraqi city of Mosul after “The Islamic state of Iraq and the Levant” militants seized the Nineveh province. The punitive actions of the takfirists were caused by refusal of some Christians of the city to submit to the new laws, introduced by the extremists, reports the Linga news website with the reference to the Syrian News Agency.
Specifically, there are media reports of cases of Christians being forced to pay jizyah – a tax levied per capita on some categories of subjects for refusal to embrace Islam. In case of a refusal extremists rape women in the presence of their nearest relations. Thus, the father of one family in Mosul who did not have the required sum witnessed such an act of violence against his wife and daughter and later committed suicide.
The news agencies also report four cases of murder by the ISIS militants of women in Mosul who refused to wear hijab on religious grounds.
Moreover, the Syro-Chaldean Archbishop of Mosul confirmed the destruction by militants of “The Islamic state of Iraq and the Levant” terrorist organization of a number of Christian shrines of the city, reports the Salam1 portal.
It should be reminded that early in June militants of “The Islamic state of Iraq and the Levant” extremist islamist group seized the city of Mosul in the Nineveh province, immediately introducing there special orders to persecute Christians and Jews living in the city.
The establishment of a caliphate on the seized territories was announced as well.