Houses abandoned by Christians are marked.
The jihadist militiamen of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), who since June 9 control Mosul and have proclaimed the Islamic Caliphate, have ordered civil servants to suspend any provision of food aid and gas cylinders to the Shiites, the Kurds and the few remaining Christians in Iraq's second city.
Christian sources in Mosul have confirmed this to Fides after reports had surfaced on the Arab website www.ankawa.com.
According to what was reported by local official Fadel Younis, representatives of the Islamic Caliphate have announced that any infringement of the prohibition will be punished according to Sharia law.
Sources in the Chaldean Patriarchate confirmed that even houses abandoned by Christians are "marked" with the first letter of the Arabic word Nazarat (Christian).
Meanwhile, in Baghdad members of parliament have elected the Sunni Salim al-Jubouri as President of the legislative body. Therefore the Iraqi political class is trying to start the process for the formation of a new government, while a third of the country remains under the control of Islamist militias of ISIL. In the last hours the army has launched an offensive to regain control of the city of Tikrit, the hometown of Sadddam Hussein, largely occupied by ISIL in recent weeks.