Christians 'emptied from Middle East'

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Fri, 10-26-2012 - 4:32pm

Innocent people hurt from  war for "freedom"

 

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Rowan Callick

 

October 06, 2012

 

THE mother superior of a 1500-year-old monastery in Syria warned yesterday during a visit to Australia that the uprising against Bashar al-Assad has been hijacked by foreign Islamist mercenaries, with strong support from Western countries.

 

Mother Agnes-Mariam de la Croix was forced to flee to neighbouring Lebanon in June when she was warned of a plot to abduct her, after she revealed that about 80,000 Christians had been "cleared" by rebel forces from their homes in Homs province.

 

She described on the website of the Greek-Melkite Catholic monastery of St James, the church she rebuilt 18 years ago after discovering it in ruins, how Islamist rebels had gathered Christian and Alawi hostages in a building in Khalidiya in Homs. Then they blew it up with dynamite and attributed the act to the regular army.

 

http://m.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/christians-emptied-from-middle-east/story-e6frg6so-1226489418086

 

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Western-Backed Rebels Move Against Syria’s Christian Minority

Churches in Homs Under Constant Attack

 by Jason Ditz, October 14, 2012

Militant factions in rebel-held cities like Homs see Christian communities as easy targets for extortion, and the more Islamist blocs regularly target their churches, damaging many and destroying others.

 

Christians and other minorities have tried to form militias to protect their neighborhoods, but with the rebels awash in Western money and arms, they are simply out-manned and outgunned. As the fight continues to escalate, the groups are facing a tougher and tougher choice about whether to try to stay or to flee abroad.

http://news.antiwar.com/2012/10/14/western-backed-rebels-move-against-syrias-christian-minority/