BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:30 A.M.) – An elderly Christian woman and her daughter were attacked by armed men on Monday in the historical Assyrian city of Bartella.
The woman and her daughter were reportedly attacked with hammers and knives before the assailants fled the scene of the crime.
According to the Iraqi Christian Foundation, the attackers were from an Iranian-backed militia.
Breaks our heart to learn that the evil criminals stabbed the elderly Christian woman & her daughter with knives & beat them both with hammers. The elderly woman is unconscious. God help them. Int’l community has failed Iraqi Christians for 16 years. https://t.co/vxeRNvAjQh
— Iraqi Christian Foundation (@iraqschristians) May 14, 2019
Iraq’s Christian population, which is primarily made up of Syriac Orthodox and Chaldeans (eastern Catholic), has suffered immensely over the last two decades, with a large portion of the historical community fleeing their ancient lands.