TribLIVE

| USWorld


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Seizure of nuns fuels Syrian Christians' fears

About The Tribune-Review
The Tribune-Review can be reached via e-mail or at 412-321-6460.
Contact Us | Video | Photo Reprints

Daily Photo Galleries


By The Associated Press

Published: Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, 6:45 p.m.

DAMASCUS — Syrian Christians offered prayers on Sunday for a group of more than a dozen nuns and orphanage workers held by rebels for nearly a week, stoking fears in the minority community that they are being targeted by extremists among the fighters seeking to oust President Bashar Assad.

The seizure of the 12 Greek Orthodox nuns and at least three other women is the latest attack to spark panic among Syria's Christians over the strength of al-Qaida-linked militants and Islamic radicals in the nearly 3-year-old revolt against Assad's government. A priest and two bishops kidnapped by rebels remain missing, and extremists are accused of vandalizing churches in areas they have captured.

Rebels seized the nuns on Monday from the Greek Orthodox Mar Takla convent when fighters overran Maaloula, a mainly Christian village north of Damascus that lies on a key highway and has changed hands several times in fierce fighting between rebels and government forces.

The video stoked the worries of Christians who gathered for a Mass at the Mariamiya Church in Damascus, the main Greek Orthodox church in the country.

“They're coming after us,” Odette Abu Zakham, a 65-year-old woman in the congregation who lives in the nearby historic Christian district of Bab Touma. “All they do is massacre people, all they know is killing.”

 

 
 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Nation

  1. Rival Palestinian to make another attempt at uniting
  2. Hearing to determine fate of sergeant accused of killing 2 deaf Iraqi boys
  3. Postal Service overhaul expected to appeal to Dems
  4. ‘Patriots’ back Nevada rancher; Reid labels them ‘domestic terrorists’
  5. Justices critical of Ohio law punishing campaign lies
  6. Images best of readied D-Day ships
  7. Mumps outbreak among Ohio’s largest
  8. Precautions lack year since fatal blast at plant
  9. Gun background checks miss fugitives
  10. Recovery expert believes wreckage of missing plane located
  11. Ohio couple married for 70 years dies just 15 hours apart
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.