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Hariri condemns Mosul expulsions

An Iraqi man carrying a cross and a Koran attends a mass at Mar Girgis Church in Baghdad, July 20, 2014. REUTERS/Ahmed Malik

BEIRUT: Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri expressed utmost solidarity with the Christians of Iraq, saying attacks on them were “unacceptable.”

“Full solidarity with my Christian brothers in Mosul,” Hariri tweeted. “What they are going through is unacceptable in human and religious standards.”

“It is an aggression on our Arab identity and our Islam,” he added.

The Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria has solidified its control over Iraq’s second largest city by imposing Shariah law and threatening Christians who won’t convert, forcing thousands to flee Mosul.

Lebanese politicians from across the divide condemned the persecution of Christians by ISIS and Lebanon’s Parliament is expected to convene in a session at 12:30 on July 26 to show solidarity with Christians in Mosul and surrounding areas against takfiri terrorism and with Gaza against Israel’s assault.

 
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on July 24, 2014, on page 1.

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