ISIS members marched into a Syrian town Friday evening demanding that all crosses be removed from the churches or have the buildings be completely destroyed, according to the Assyrian Patriotic Party.
Two trucks carrying 20 armed ISIS members stormed into the predominantly Assyrian town of Tel Hormizd in Hassakeh and forced the residents to remove the cross from the main church tower. Hassakeh, an area made up of five Assyrian villages, is locatedd on the Khabur River.
ISIS militants threatened to bomb the church if the cross was not removed.
“We are calling on the world to stop this next genocide of Christians in Iraq and Syria,” Emanuel Khoshaba, Secretary General of the Assyrian Patriotic Party, said to LisaDaftari.com in a phone interview.
“If the world doesn’t stop these barbarians, no minority groups can live safely in the region.”