Iraqi Christians flee ISIL fighting | VIDEO

Displaced Iraqi Christians play soccer in the courtyard of Saint Joseph's church after having to flee their district on June 26, 2014 in Erbil, Iraq. Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images.

Displaced Iraqi Christians play soccer in the courtyard of Saint Joseph's church after having to flee their district on June 26, 2014 in Erbil, Iraq. Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images.

Thousands of Iraqi Christians sought refuge in Arbil in Iraq's Kurdistan region as ISIL fighters clashed with Peshmerga forces south of Mosul.

Tens of thousands of people have fled Iraq's second largest city of Mosul after it was overrun by ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) militants.

Many have been temporarily housed at various IDP camps around the region including the area close to Erbil, as they hope to enter the safety of the nearby Kurdish region.Christians, Shiites and Kurdish Iraqis have received the brunt of the violence from the militants.

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