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Syrian City Overrun By ISIS, Prompting Masses to Flee
By John Burger
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Nearly 4,000 Christian families have fled the northeastern Syrian city of Hassakeh with the advance of forces of the Islamic State group, Fides reported. ISIS managed last Thursday, June 25, to enter some neighborhoods, causing the mass exodus of at least 120,000 people, the news service said. "Nearly 4,000 Christian families belonging to various Churches (Chaldeans, Assyrians, Syrian Catholics and Syrian Orthodox) were among the first to flee, and have largely taken refuge in the nearby urban area of Qamishli," it said. The situation is reminiscent of Mosul in June 2014, when Christian residents fled ISIS's takeover of Iraq's second-largest city. Many fled a second time when ISIS moved into the towns and villages in the Nineveh Plain region where they took refuge. Fides reported:

Archbishop Jacques Behnan Hindo, head of the Syrian Catholic Archieparchy in Hassakeh Nisibi, has abandoned Hassak

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