Thousands of Christians are fleeing northern Iraq and communities they have lived in for almost 2,000 years following militant group ISIS' ultimatum last week that they convert to Islam, pay a tax, or be killed for their faith.
"In my opinion this is a very grave situation. No Western leader is moving to stop such a tragedy but they offer only empty words with no actions," Dr. Munir S. Kakish, Chairman Council of Local Evangelical Churches in the Holy Land, told The Christian Post in an email on Sunday. "ISIS must be stopped before it wipes out Christians from other areas." The Independent noted that ISIS, which has taken control of the city of Mosul and much of the surrounding region, gave Christians until midday on Saturday to comply. The militants have declared the establishment of an "Islamic state" on the territory of Iraq and Syria, where they have also been active.
"We offer them three choices: Islam; the dhimma contract - involving payment of jizya; if they refuse this they will have nothing but the sword," an ISIS statement was read out at Mosul's mosques, BBC News reported. more >>
At least 60 Palestinians were killed and hundreds others were wounded Sunday as Israel shelled a Gaza neighborhood, causing thousands to flee. It is being seen as Israel's fiercest attack since the 1967 Middle East war.
Sky News correspondent on the ground in Shaja'iya reports that Palestinians were fleeing without much more than the clothes on their backs – some even by foot.
"This is a very heavily populated residential area," said Sky News' Sherine Tadros. more >>
Iraq could break apart into three separate states in response to the extremist Islamic group ISIS, which declared an "Islamic state" in Iraq and Syria, a Kurdish government official predicts.
"Baghdad seems to be pushing us into that direction, and we're closer than ever," said Karim Sanjari, minister of Interior for the Kurdish region, according to Christian relief group World Compassion Terry Law Ministries.
Jason Law, vice president of Operations for World Compassion, told The Christian Post in a phone interview on Thursday that Iraq splitting up into Shia, Sunni and Kurdish states is very much a real possibility. more >>
Israeli ground forces have moved in on the Gaza strip with a mission to take down terrorist tunnels and other targets, with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announcing on Friday that the military is preparing for a "significant expansion" of its ground operation against militant group Hamas.
Speaking at an emergency cabinet meeting in Tel Aviv, Netanyahu said that "since there is no way to deal with the tunnels only from the air, our soldiers are doing it now from the ground."
Netanyahu added that there is no guarantee of success, but said that everything will done to achieve maximum results. more >>
Gunmen wearing camouflage recently stormed two apartment buildings in Baghdad, Iraq, slaughtering 29 people, the majority of whom were prostitutes working in a brothel.
The attack happened Saturday, when a group of gunmen carrying firearms with silencers burst into the apartment compound in the neighborhood of Zayouna on the city's east side, executing 29 prostitutes inside as well as two men. The words, "This is the fate of any prostitution," were scrawled on one of the apartment's doors.
Police are now reportedly investigating the crime, and the building has been cordoned off, with only one entrance left open to residents of the apartment building. A police officer speaking on the condition of anonymity recalled the horrific, bloody scene of the crime to the South China Morning Post. more >>
Muslims, Jews and Christians across the globe designated Tuesday as an international day of fasting to encourage peace between Israel and the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, as the two areas continue to exchange rocket fire in the wake of the death of three kidnapped Israeli teens.
The fasting movement, coined as #hungryforpeace on Twitter, encourages both sides of the Middle East conflict to resolve their differences and end the ongoing bloodshed.
Tuesday falls as a fasting day for both Muslims and Jews, as it is the 17th of the month of Tammuz on the Hebrew calendar, as well as the month of Ramadan, where Muslims fast during daylight hours each day. more >>