Iraq: Christian village bombed by Turkish Army

“Over the weekend of 16-17 January, Turkish troops bombed the Iraqi village of Sharanish, located on the border with Turkey, in the governorate of Dohuk, inhabited by Christians, Chaldeans and Assyrians. The bombings spread panic among the population, who were forced to flee to the city of Zakho during the night, in bitterly cold weather conditions and heavy snow.”

The Patriarchate of Babylon of the Chaldeans announced what had happened and strongly condemned the Turkish military action, calling it “totally unjustified.” He has also appealed to the Iraqi Kurdistan autonomous government to take “the necessary measures to defend its citizens.”

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