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Turkey: Shots fired at Christian journalist’s home, “likely to be scaring and intimidating for Assyrians”

Persecution of Christians in Turkey: Karatus said, “When we consider the increasing attacks and provocations against the Assyrians recently, this attack is likely to be scaring and intimidating for Assyrians who are considering returning to their villages.” And what is happening to the Assyrian Christian community in Turkey is only a small portion of the large effacement of the Christian presence in Asia Minor.

As we continue to see our own Mother Church of Constantinople suffering from religious persecution in Turkey, we remember the days of the Greek, Armenian, and Assyrian Genocides, note with sorrow the persecution of Christians in the Middle East and elsewhere today, and pray that such inhumanity will never again be seen anywhere in the world.

For previous ChristianPersecution.com coverage of the persecution of Christians in Turkey, see here.

“Christian Journalist Targeted in Turkey,” International Christian Concern, April 17, 2020:

04/17/2020 Turkey (International Christian Concern) – An Assyrian Christian journalist currently living in Istanbul, Isa Karatus, has reported that gunshots were fired at his house in Mardin on the morning of April 14th. He does not regularly live at the Mardin house, and thus was not home when the attack occurred. An investigation is ongoing.

Karatus said to the media, “When we consider the increasing attacks and provocations against the Assyrians recently, this attack is likely to be scaring and intimidating for Assyrians who are considering returning to their villages.”

This follows a recent and ongoing investigation into the disappearance of the Diril couple, who were abducted by the PKK (a terrorist organization) in Eastern Turkey earlier this year. The elderly wife’s body was recently discovered. They had returned to their village in an attempt to rebuild the Assyrian Christian presence after the violence had forced them to leave several years ago. This incident has also been interpreted by the community as an attempt to scare Assyrian Christians from returning home.

Assyrian Christians were victims of the Ottoman-era genocide conducted against ethnic Christians a century ago. This genocide has never been recognized by the authorities, and the policies which facilitated the genocide have not been addressed….

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