ISIS destroys houses of Shiite Kurds in Nineveh

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Iraqi families escaping Mosul city after ISIS invasion. File photo

ARA News

URFA – Militants of the Islamic State (ISIS) blew up Wednesday a number of houses belonging to displaced Kurdish families in a Shiite village east of Mosul city in northern Iraq, local sources reported. 

Speaking to ARA News in Mosul, M.Z. said that ISIS gunmen blew up Wednesday a number of houses belonging to the “Shabak Kurds” (Shiite Kurdish group) in the village Bazwaya east of Mosul. 

“At least 13 houses have been bombed by the hardline group,” the source said under the condition of anonymity. 

Hundreds of Shiite Kurdish families, known as Shabak Kurds who speak al-Bajlaniya dialect, used to reside some 60 villages in the plain of Nineveh in northern Iraq, before ISIS extremists stormed the province last year. 

ISIS extremists have shown hostility towards other different religious groups, including Christians and Jews, describing them as “infidels and crusaders” who deserve death. The group even considers people belonging to other Islamic sects as “apostates”.  

Religious Minorities Under ISIS Attacks

In April, the terror group blew up the church of the Virgin Mary in the Assyrian village of Tel Nasri near the town of Tel Temir (50 km west of Hasakah) in northeastern Syria.

The bombing of the church coincided with the first day of the Assyrian Christian’s Easter holiday.

In March, ISIS extremists bombed the renowned Yezidi ancient minaret of the Shingal district (120 km west of the city of Mosul), in northern Iraq. 

The group had earlier blew up the Shiite shrine of Sayeda Zeinab in al-Madina in August 2014. The Shingal’s minaret and Sayeda Zeinab shrine are the most prominent monuments in Shingal area.

Reporting by: Jan Nasro 

Source: ARA News

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