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Gavriel, who raised cheers for the Army at the Mosul meeting of July 11th, went out to plead for the Assyrians. He explained who he was, and said that his nephew, Ezra Effendi, had long been an officer in the Iraqi police. He showed his nationality papers, but these were torn in pieces before his face and he was shot in cold blood.
A priest named Ismail who had taken refuge in the police post was driven out by the police, a rope was tied round his neck and he was kicked down the steps and dragged away by the troops, who shot him, afterwards throwing his body on the steadily growing heap of corpses. Whilst this organized slaughter was going on, the police sergeant, who had from the beginning taken a leading part in the diabolical plot, ordered the Assyrian women to clean up the blood from the neighbourhood of the police post. The women complied, but only for a time. Suddenly they rebelled against this inhuman order and told the police sergeant to turn the machine guns on them as they would rather die. The soldiers then took the men that remained down to a ditch and went on killing until every man was dead. It was then discovered that a few men had taken refuge among the women and that some of them had hastily got into women's clothes. These were rounded up and murdered.
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The governor of Duhok took them away and aske three Assyrians to help him. They were father Sada and two others. When they were out of the village they were all killed. The priest was decapitated and his body was cut to pieces. On Wednesday the Arabs stole some of our sheep and killed eight people. On the third day, the police asked three men to accompany them to search for the stolen sheep and then they killed them after some distance from Semele. They must have been bayoneted to death as we heard no gun shot sounds. On Friday many soldiers appeared in the village they entered all the houses and killed all the

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