By Theodore Shoebat
A mass exodus of Christians just occurred, in which four thousand Christians are now fleeing from the northeastern Syrian city of Hassakeh from the Islamic invasion of ISIS.
On Thursday, June 25, ISIS entered Hassakeh, rushing into numerous neighborhoods, compelling 120,000 people to flee the city. Amongst these 120,000 people were four thousand Christians. According to one report:
Nearly 4,000 Christian families belonging to various Churches (Chaldeans, Assyrians, Syrian Catholics and Syrian Orthodox) were among the first to flee, and have largely taken refuge in the nearby urban area of Qamishli
What helped enabled ISIS’ advancement was the support for ISIS on the part of the local Muslim population. According to Archbishop Jacques Behnan Hindo, when ISIS entered the area of al-Nachwa, the girls and women fled, “But young boys and adults remained, and have sided with [ISIS]. And now that very large neighborhood is at the center of the most violent clashes between government forces and those of the so-called Islamic State.”
Various local militias in the region are hindering ISIS from making the region into another Mosul, in which the entire local Christian population was utterly extirpated. Michel Constantin of Catholic Near East Welfare Association’s Beirut office, reported:
In the wake of the latest attack by ISIS on Hassake city on Wednesday 24 June, the terrorist organization was able to gain control of the Al Nashwa neighborhood south of the city. Clashes are still ongoing between members of ISIS and government forces backed by militias. …The fighting is still going on and it is fierce… In Mosul, the area was occupied without any local resistance and without any real fighting. …In Hassake we have different parties involved in fighting ISIS. In addition to the Syrian regular army, the Kurdish fighters and local inhabitants of Sunni Arab nomad clans (al Shouaytat family) are also fighting on the side of the Syrian troops. This Sunni clan is one of the largest in northern Syria. Last year, they lost about 925 young men. The men opposed ISIS occupying their region, and the militants executed them all within three days.
What took place in Mosul is repeating itself throughout Iraq. The Christian population is being utterly driven out and destroyed by ISIS. The darkness of the demons is inundating the land, trying throw off all of the Christians who are the lights of the world. This is not some secular situation, in which the talk of persecution against minorities dominates the media, this is a war between the light and the darkness.