Iraqi Christians Flee Mosul – Mohave Daily News: News

“We all end up in the grave. It’s more honorable to die at home.” As dangerous as Beit Lahya is, people are fleeing there from places that are worse. 1,770 rockets — 2,300 strikes Since Operation Protective Edge began, militants in Gaza have launched 1,770 rockets, the IDF said in a statement Saturday. The Israeli rocket defense system Iron Dome has intercepted 360 of them. The IDF has struck “2,300 terror targets” in Gaza, the statement said. In its recently launched ground operations, the IDF targeted 95 rocket-launching sites and found 13 tunnels with a network of at least 34 shafts. The Israeli military said late Saturday that since its ground war began Thursday, at least 70 “terrorists” were killed, including 20 in the past 24 hours. Thirteen more fighters were captured and brought to Israel for questioning.
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Iraq was home to an estimated 1 million Christians before the 2003 U.S.-led invasion that ousted Saddam Hussein. Since then, militants have frequently targeted Christians across the country, bombing their churches and killing clergymen. Under such pressures, many Christians have left the country. Church officials now put the community at around 450,000. Most of Mosuls remaining Christians fled when the Islamic State group and an array of other Sunni militants captured the city on June 10 the opening move in the insurgents blitz across northern and western Iraq. As a religious minority, Christians were wary of how they would be treated by hard-line Islamic militants.
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Israel has used its Iron Dome defense system to block many missiles, fired by militants in Gaza, from hitting population centers. Dozens dead in Shaja’ia Hundreds of people fled in panic into Gaza City on Sunday as Israeli troops focused their firepower on nearby Shaja’ia. Bodies lay in streets beside gashes blasted into apartment buildings, said people who had escaped the violence. Overnight, Hamas fired rockets from Shaja’ia toward Israel. For three days, the IDF had warned residents of Shaja’ia to flee, Israel said. Such warnings are delivered through calls and text messages as well as fliers that said “it is the intention of the IDF to carry out aerial strikes against terror sites and operatives” in the area.
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