According to a report published by the Iraq Press, hundreds of
Assyrians in Mosul have been forced to leave the city by fighters of the
Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, also known as Daash. The Assyrians
have been prevented by Daash from selling their homes. Daash has killed
real estate agents who do business with Christians.
Unidentified gunmen assassinated the owner of the Zouhour Real Estates agency after he brokered the sale of a Christian house.
on condition of anonymity, a source at the Nineveh Operation Command
said that "ten real estate agents have been killed between 2013 and
2014, most recently the owner of El Nour Realty Office in the region of
Mouhandiseen after he was kidnapped and beheaded for selling the house
of a Christian family."
The owner of a real estate agency said
"there are those who engaged secretly in the sale of real estate outside
of the office environment, but the information was leaked to Daash
quickly through informants belonging to them. Daash beheaded two of them
in front of the owners of some offices selling real estate."
Assyrian mother said to Iraq Press "The broker who sold my home in March
2013 was killed by armed groups and he was a father of four children. I
feel I'm the responsible of this."
Rachel Ishu, an Assyrian from
Mosul, demanded the Nineveh Operations Command find a solution to this
humanitarian disaster that has affected nearly 5,000 Christian families.
"I live in a small house in located 40 KM north-east of Mosul, I pay a
monthly rental of 500 Dinars, I have no breadwinner, only an employed
daughter who pays all her salary as rent for our house. We were removed
from our large house north of Mosul, without being able to sell it."