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Iran Assyrians support Iraq's Christians

Nov-17-2010 at 02:48 AM (UTC+3 Nineveh, Assyria)

Iranian Assyrian Christians held a demonstration in front of the UN office in Tehran on Monday, November 15.
Iran Assyrians support Iraq's Christians
by Iran Press TV. November 15, 2010.
http://www.presstv.ir/detail/151170.html

Iranian Assyrian Christians have held a demonstration in front of the UN office in Tehran to condemn a deadly attack on a church in Iraq last month.

Hundreds of Iranian Assyrian Christians held a demonstration in front of the UN office in Tehran on Monday to condemn the October 31 massacre of Christians in Baghdad's Sayidat al-Nejat (Our Lady of Salvation) Catholic Church, a Press TV correspondent reported.

They also asked the United Nations to support Iraq's Assyrian Christian community.

On the last day of October, a group of armed men took dozens of worshippers hostage in Baghdad's Sayidat al-Nejat Catholic Church.

52 people died and 67 others were injured in the hostage crisis, which lasted nearly four hours until police intervened.

Iranian Assyrian Christians have asked the United Nations to support Iraq's Assyrian Christian community.

An al-Qaeda-linked organization has claimed responsibility for the assault. Many Assyrian communities across the globe have held similar demonstrations to express their outrage over the deadly attack.

Qassem Atta, the spokesman for the Baghdad Operations Command, told the Aswat al-Iraq news agency that the Iraqi security forces have arrested five of the gunmen.

About 100 people were inside the church for an evening mass when the attack occurred.

MP Yonathan Betkolia, the representative of the Assyrian Christian community in the Iranian Parliament, strongly denounced the attack earlier this month and criticized the international community for their silence about the incident.

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