Syria: Revolutionary fighters expel 50,000 Christians from embattled city of Homs

In case we forget:

Damascus: April 16, 2012. (PCP) The Syrian Orthodox Church, which represents over half of Syrian Christians, issued a statement saying revolutionary fighters had expelled some 50,000 Christians from the embattled city of Homs. That figure is estimated to account for about 90 percent of the Christian community there. Hundreds more — including women and children — were slaughtered, according to charitable organizations operating in the area.

The Orthodox Church referred to the persecution as the “ongoing ethnic cleansing of Christians” by Muslim militants linked to al Qaeda. According to its report, the so-called “Brigade Faruq” is largely to blame, with Islamic extremists going door to door and forcing followers of Christ to leave without even collecting their belongings. Their property is then stolen by rebels as “war-booty from the Christians.”

Christians in Homs were reportedly told that if they did not leave immediately, they would be shot. Then, pictures of their bodies would be sent to the pro-Syrian-regime-change Al Jazeera — a media broadcaster controlled by the dictatorship ruling Qatar — with a message claiming that forces loyal to Assad had murdered them.

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Thanks go to Tim for sending this one in.

Puts it all back in perspective doesn’t it……

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One Response to “Syria: Revolutionary fighters expel 50,000 Christians from embattled city of Homs”

  1. Simian Says:

    My heart goes out to these people. They are caught in the crossfire between predominantly Alawite (Shiite) Muslims on one side and Sunni Muslims on the other. If they declare their loyalty to one side they get attacked by the other, and if they stay neutral they get attacked by both! And I’m afraid it’s only going to get worse. I would not be surprised if this degenerated into all out civil war. What an unholy mess…

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