Three Assyrian Christians were detained by Turkish forces on January 9, according to a UK-based persecution watchdog.
One of the men placed under arrest is Father Sefer Bileçen, who has been looking after the 1500-year-old “Mor Yakub Monastery” in Mardin province for several years.
According to Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW), the two other Christians arrested were Joseph Yar, chair of the town’s council, and Musa Taştekin from Dibek village.
Father Aho has been accused of providing food and water to righters from the People’s Defence Forces — the military wing of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which Turkey deems a terrorist faction.
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