Top Levantine Christian figures have sounded the bells of danger over ISIL's persecution of Christians in the Levant.
Headed by the Maronite Patriarch of Antioch - Cardinal Mar Bechara Boutros al-Rahi - a delegation of Eastern Patriarchs have made their way to Erbil in support of Christians and other minorities in Iraq who are facing persecution by takfiri militants. The delegation included the Greek Melkite, Syriac Catholic, and Syriac Orthodox Patriarchs of Antionch as well.They met with senior Kurdish officials including the KRG President Massoud Barazani and Chaldean Patriarch Louis Raphael I Sako.The head of the delegation criticized international and Arab states for standing idle and showing no support for the plight of Christians by terrorists. The delegation also paid a surprise drop-by to some of the Christian refugees who were forced to seek shelter in Erbil suburbs. The figures slammed vandalism of Christian churches, abduction and barbaric killings by Takfiris in Iraq. They also dubbed as outrageous the human rights reports which assert that ISIL has actually established slave markets in Iraq and is actually putting a price tag on women and children. Top Christian figures have slammed the West and Arab countries for their silence over the persecution of Christians in Iraq as well as other parts of the Middle East. They called on the Christians here to say no to the visas being thrown in their way as the resolution to their crisis and urged them to preserve their presence in the Levant.