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Lebanon's Gemayel warns against oppressing Iraqi Christians

Lebanese political figure Amin Gemayel on Friday warned against attacks targeting Christians in Iraq, according to media reports.

  • Agencies
  • Published: 15:59 October 17, 2008
  • Gulf News

Beirut: Lebanese political figure Amin Gemayel on Friday warned against attacks targeting Christians in Iraq, according to media reports.

Gemayel was quoted by media as saying that a campaign targeting Iraqi Christians was "part of a campaign to displace them, similar to displacing of Palestinians" by Israel.

Thousands of Iraq Christians have fled their homes in Mosul following attacks in recent weeks. Gemayel called the attacks "racial cleansing".

Gemayel, head of Lebanon's Christian Phalange Party, said Iraq's Christians had provided the "first example of Christian-Muslim coexistence."

"What sparks suspicion is that the campaign of racial cleansing targeting Iraqi Christians is under way as the security situation in Iraq is achieving progress," he said.

He urged Lebanese leaders to form a delegation to go on a fact-finding mission to Iraq.













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