Christian Man Tortured And Killed By ISIS Terrorists For Refusing To Convert To Islam
The image of the Beast had spoken, and now another brother in Christ is killed. But he endured to the end for the glory of God …
Revelation 13:15, “The second beast was given power to give breath to the image of the first beast, so that the image could speak and cause all who refused to worship the image to be killed.”
Mark 13:13, “… you will be hated by all for My name’s sake. But he who endures to the end shall be saved.”
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AsiaNews – “Islamic State fighters spills more Christian blood in Iraq as they continue to persecute unarmed civilians, including children.
Sources within the Chaldean Patriarchate told AsiaNews that yesterday Sunni fundamentalists tortured and killed a Christian man in Bartala, a small predominantly Syriac town in the Niniveh Plains that has been occupied by Jihadists for the past few weeks. He was part of a small group who did not flee when the place was overrun.
According to reports from a witness, the martyr – as the Patriarchate calls him – was a man of 43, Salem Matti Kourki. He died yesterday after being brutally beaten and tortured by terrorists for refusing to convert to Islam.
One of Salem’s relatives said that the victim could not flee with his family when Islamists entered the town of Bartala on 8 August because he suffered from heart disease.
He was holed up in his home for more than three weeks, eating and drinking what had been stockpiled in the house.
Yesterday, after he ran out of food and water, he went out to find some food. However, he was stopped at an IS checkpoint in front of the Church of the Virgin Mary, in the city centre, and was immediately arrested. IS fighters tried to convert him by force to Islam but he refused outright.
The fundamentalists beat and tortured him causing his death, then dumped his body in the street, which was found a few hours later by local residents, who took him and buried him.
A funeral service will be held on Friday at the Oum El Nour Syriac Orthodox Church in Ankawa, a Christian suburb of Erbil, in Iraqi Kurdistan, to honour the memory of the martyr Salem.
Meanwhile, more Christians are dying in Iraq’s capital, Baghdad.
According to reports from Mgr Pius Qasha Khoury, from the Syrian Catholic Church of Mansour/Baghdad, one of his parishioners was killed by a car bomb, which exploded in the Bayaa area, at 9 pm yesterday.
The prelate explained that the young martyr, Fadi Nabil Ibrahim Abbush, was born in 1994 and was in the second stage of college, studying accounting.
In his community, the young man was known for his good character, commitment and regular participation – along with his family – in the activities of the local church.” Source – AsiaNews.
Flashback: ISIS Caliphate Now Aggressively Pursuing Christians In Towns Across The Nineveh Plain – “There is no rest for the wicked – or for those fleeing with their lives, it appears. Islamic State militants have now launched a mortar attack against the village of Tilkif in an attempt to break into one of the towns in the Nineveh Plain, where families driven from Mosul have found refuge. The militia of the self-proclaimed Islamic Caliphate having successfully driven all the Christians and Shiites from the city of Mosul in Iraq, has stepped up their campaign on ruthless persecution. ‘The attack started from a village controlled by jihadists,’ Father Paul Thabit Mekko, a Chaldean priest told the Fides news agency …” Read more.