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Israel has the right to defend itself against brutal foes that are hell-bent on destruction

Published 25/07/2014 | 02:30

A Palestinian runs in an area damaged in an Israeli airstrike in Gaza City in the Gaza Strip. AP
A Palestinian runs in an area damaged in an Israeli airstrike in Gaza City in the Gaza Strip. AP
A Palestinian baby boy is carried after being evacuated from a UN-run school sheltering Palestinian refugees, which witnesses said was hit by Israeli shelling, at a hospital in the northern Gaza Strip. Reuters
Palestinians search for victims under the rubble of a house which witnesses said was destroyed by an Israeli air strike during an Israeli ground offensive east of Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip. Reuters
A Palestinian man looks through a window scarred with shrapnel from a neighbouring building that police said was hit by an overnight Israeli air strike, in Jabaliya in the northern Gaza Strip. Reuters
Palestinians ride in a truck as they flee their houses from Israeli shelling during an Israeli ground offensive east of Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip. Reuters
Palestinian rescue workers search for victims under the rubble of a house which witnesses said was destroyed by an Israeli air strike during an Israeli ground offensive east of Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip. Reuters
Smoke from an Israeli strike rises over Gaza City. AP
Smoke from an Israeli strike rises over Gaza City. AP
Israeli soldiers guard Palestinians captured during a military offensive in the Gaza Strip. Israel said on Thursday it had detained scores of Palestinians during fighting in the Gaza Strip. Photo: Reuters / Walla News
An Israeli soldier shoots tear gas towards Palestinian protesters against the Israeli military action in Gaza, during a demonstration at Hawara checkpoint near the West Bank city of Nablus. AP
An Israeli soldier carries a tank shell near the Israel and Gaza border. AP
Blood and and discarded belongings are left behind at a U.N. school in Beit Hanoun, in the northern Gaza Strip. AP
A Palestinian girl, whom medics said was wounded in Israeli shelling at a U.N-run school sheltering Palestinian refugees, is treated at a hospital in the northern Gaza Strip. Reuters
A crater marks the centre of a courtyard at a United Nations-run school sheltering Palestinians displaced by an Israeli ground offensive, that police said was hit by an Israeli shell, in Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip. Reuters
A Palestinian man holds a girl, whom medics said was injured in an Israeli shelling at a UN-run school sheltering Palestinian refugees, at a hospital in the northern Gaza Strip. Reuters
A smoke trail is seen as a rocket is launched from the northern Gaza Strip towards Israel. Reuters

Almost unnoticed by the world's media this week, the Christians of Mosul in Iraq have been fleeing their ancient, ancestral home under threat of violence from ISIS, the ultra-radical Islamist group that has conquered much of Syria and northern Iraq.

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Christians have been living in Iraq since before Islam even existed. They have been living in Iraq since the very early centuries of Christianity.

ISIS burnt down one church in Mosul that has existed for 1,800 years.

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