Christians Flee Iraqi City
Officials have said that 900 Christian families have fled the city of Mosul after a series of killings and threats by Muslim extremists to convert or face death, reports CNN.
The attacks may have been prompted by Christian demonstrations coming ahead of provincial elections according to the deputy governor of the Nineveh province. Christians are seeking greater representation on provincial councils in the election.
13 Christians were slain in the last two weeks near Mosul. Those fleeing have sought safety in monasteries, churches and with other family members in other towns, officials say.
Duraid Mohammed Kashmoula estimated that some 3,000 people have fled reports MSNBC.
Kashmoula said that security officials are meeting with Christian leaders to work on how to protect them from "the terrorists, the killers."
Christians have been targeted since the beginning of the U.S. invasion in 2003, which has forced tens of thousands to flee the country.