ISIL continues siege on Iraq's Christians
Thousands of Iraqis have fled because of ongoing violence. (AFP/File)
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Militants from the ISIL in Iraq have continued their assaults on Christian areas in the northern parts of the country, eyewitnesses say.
The ISIL terrorists have resumed shelling a number of towns in the region, tormenting the civilian population there, local residents said.
The towns are among many where Christians have sought refuge over the past weeks due to atrocities committed by the ISIL.
The ISIL terrorists have targeted other minority groups, including Kurdistan’s Yazidi population.
Approximately, two-thirds of the Yazidi population has been displaced by the terrorist group.
The militants have killed a number of family members and abused women and children, Yazidi residents said.
The terror group is currently in control of some areas in northern and northwestern Iraq, committing crimes in those areas including mass execution of civilians as well as army troops and officers.
The ISIL militants took control of the northern city of Mosul in a lightning advance on June 10, which was followed by the fall of Tikrit, located 140 kilometers (87 miles) northwest of the capital, Baghdad. Tikrit was later retaken by the Iraqi army.
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has condemned the ISIL terrorists' crimes against Christians, saying the militants pose a huge threat to the minority community’s “centuries-old heritage.”