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They will find another Islam-approved excuse to either demolish the churches or turn them into a mosque.

(ABNA) – The ISIL Takfiri group has threatened to demolish churches in Syria’s northeastern province of Hasakah, if they refuse to remove crosses.

The Assyrian Democratic Organization said in a statement that the ISIL militants entered the Assyrian Tal Hermez village last Friday and ordered the removal of all crosses from churches.

The statement also condemned such ISIL moves against the Christian population.

The Assyrian organization added that if the ISIL continues its practices of intimidation, people will be forced to emigrate.

Syria has been grappling with a deadly crisis since March 2011. The violence fueled by Takfiri groups has reportedly claimed the lives of over 200,000 people so far. New figures show that over 76,000 people, including thousands of children, lost their lives in Syria last year alone.