The UN Security Council has condemned the ISIL militants for their persecution of Christians and other minorities in Iraq.
The council adopted a unanimous declaration, warning that such actions could amount to crimes against humanity. The council called for those responsible for such attacks against Iraq’s religious or ethnic minorities to be held accountable. The declaration comes as ISIL militants reportedly seized an ancient monastery near the northern city of Mosul. They ordered the monks at the monastery to leave. Over the past weeks, thousands of Christians left Mosul after ISIL ordered them to either convert, pay a tax or face death. The fleeing Christians have largely sought refuge in areas under the control of Kurdish regional government. But Shia shrines and institutions in Najaf and Karbala also offered to shelter them.