A nine-year-old Yazidi girl, who had been raped by at least 10 frontline militants and suicide bombers of the Islamic State terror group in Iraq, is pregnant, and an aid worker says she is so young that she could die if she delivers a baby. She is among more than 200 Yazidi women and children released last week after eight months in captivity.
"This girl is so young she could die if she delivers a baby," thestar.com quotes Yousif Daoud, a Canadian-based aid worker who recently returned from the region, as saying. "Even a caesarian section is dangerous. The abuse she has suffered left her mentally and physically traumatized."
The girl was released along with other women and children last week. "Sending back those girls and women is a way of shaming the whole community," added Daoud, not his real name. more >>
Tens of thousands of Christian pilgrims gathered Saturday at Jerusalem's ancient Church of the Holy Sepulcher, built at a site where Jesus was crucified and buried, to witness a flame that is believed to emerge miraculously from the tomb of Jesus a day before Orthodox Easter each year.
Orthodox Christians filled the church and surrounding streets in east Jerusalem's Old City for the ceremony, held under a heavy police presence, Agence France Presse quoted Israeli police spokeswoman Luba Samri as saying.
The pilgrims were mostly from Eastern Europe but also Christian Arabs living in the Holy Land. They swiftly passed the light on from candle to candle as it emerged from the church. more >>
As the Islamic State has seized most of the largest Palestinian refugee camp in Syria and trapped about 18,000 civilians, those who were lucky enough to escape have told of the ISIS atrocities they witnessed and one even described the barbaric nature in which militants used a person's decapitated head.
As ISIS militants descended on the Yarmouk refugee camp in the nation's capital city of Damascus last Wednesday, thousands of civilians were trapped between the brutal extremist group and the forces of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's with little to no food, water or medicine.
Although the death and casualty toll among Palestinian civilians at the camp is not certain, an official from the Palestinian Liberation Organization said earlier this week that at least 27 Palestinian camp residents have been killed since ISIS entered the camp, while an estimated 75 to 200 Palestinians have been abducted by ISIS during that time. more >>
Members of the Takfiri ISIS group in Iraq executed 10 doctors in Mosul on Wednesday as part of their continued terrorism against Christians and other religious and political groups throughout the Middle East.
The doctors were executed in the Hammam al-Alil area south of Mosul after refusing to treat wounded ISIS members, Iraq's al-Sumaria satellite TV network first reported. The doctors reportedly refused to do so because they did not support ISIS' activities; they were then forced to sit and shot in the back of the head. A photograph taken at the exact moment has been widely circulated, confirming the brutality of the radical Islamic jihadists.
ISIS members murdered 60 Sunni tribal fighters in the Anbar province on Friday, and accused members of al-Karableh, Albu Ubaid, Albu Mahal and Albu Salman tribesmen of working with Iraqi security forces before killing them. A struggle between Iraqi forces and ISIS has led to a significant number of deaths: 997 Iraqis were killed in March alone. more >>
Terror group ISIS has reportedly asked for $30 million to free the 250 to 300 Assyrian Christians it kidnapped in February.
Fox News reported on an officer within the Assyrian leadership who revealed that the jihadis are asking for $100,000 per individual.
"They know we cannot come up with this kind of money, so they are hoping other groups and countries will come up with the money," said the official, who wasn't named. more >>
A biblical archeology expert has said that the latest headlines of supposed new scientific evidence surrounding the Talpiot Tomb, a burial spot in East Jerusalem claimed by some to have once contained the remains of Jesus Christ and his family, are sensationalist and do not hold up to scrutiny.
"I have been to the Talpiot Tomb and interviewed one of the archaeologists who excavated it in 1980. There is no evidence that Jesus or his family members were buried there, certainly not his supposed wife and son. Those behind this latest announcement traffic in sensationalism, not archaeology," Scott Stripling, the chair of the Humanities and Foreign Language Department at Wharton County Junior College, and adjunct professor at Belhaven University (biblical archaeology and English) and The Bible Seminary (church history), told The Christian Post in a statement on Wednesday.
Geologist Arye Shimron has said that the burial spot in East Jerusalem, discovered in the 1980s, holds evidence to suggest Jesus of Nazareth was buried there, along with his wife and son — claims which contradict some of the central tenets of Christianity. more >>