The village of Kani Masi was left deserted by its residents and partially destroyed on Tuesday, after being hit by airstrikes during recent a Turkish military operation in the region.
«The situation in general is not good because of the Turkish airstrikes on this area. All the people are unstable and anxious and we do not know when the village will be bombed. It is possible to lose our lives and we do not know whether there is any hope for life to return to normal,» said Nissan Zarzis, pastor of the Shemila District Church.
Several neighbouring Christian villages in the area are also nearly deserted following recent clashes between Turkish and Kurdish military forces with only a few dozen inhabitants opting to stay.
Ankara recently launched Operation Claw-Tiger targeting Kurdish militants as part of a joint air and land offensive against the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in response to attacks on Turkish military bases.