H.B. Youssef III Younan, Syriac Catholic Patriarchs of Antioch arrived in the city of Erbil and paid an inspection visit to Ankawa to a number of centers accommodating the displaced residents of Bakhdida/Qaraqush during the visit His Beatitude urged the displaced to return to their town despite all the challenges. He stressed the need for the people to remain on their land. His Beatitude expressed his admiration for the tremendous efforts made by the Bishop of Ankawa and all the institutions, organizations and parties that had helped the displaced. Ishtar TV reports in Arabic here
Since noon Saturday 28 June 2014 dozens displaced of families from the city of bakhdida who had gone to the city of Ankawa have begun to return to their town
after after the security situation in their area has stabilised. The town has returned to a relative calm after days of security tension and skirmishes on the borders of the city. More the 2,000
families had fled to seek refuge elsewhere during the arracks by trrorists. Ishtar TV reports in Arabic here.
Report in Arabic from the news outlet Ankawa.com here.
Report from the Alalam news outlet Teheran
A 21-year-old girl in Iraq’s Mosul, the capital of Nineveh province, has committed self-immolation after being raped by the militants from the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) terrorist group. Full article here
The Patriarch of Antioch and All the East for the Syriac Orthodox Church of Ignatius Ephrem II has said that Christians and Muslims in the region are subjected to a war of extermination by terrorist. He denounced the silence of the world regarding crimes committed by armed terrorist groups in Syria and Iraq, "massacres become a reality we live in every age," he said. Full article in Arabic here