‘Biggest massacre’ of Christians in Syria reported as population continues to be targeted by rebels

By End the Lie

A Greek Orthodox church in Aleppo, Syria seen here in 2009 (Image credit: Graham Spicer/Flickr)

A Greek Orthodox church in Aleppo, Syria seen here in 2009 (Image credit: Graham Spicer/Flickr)

Two new mass graves containing over 30 bodies in the Christian city of Sadad were recently discovered, evidence of what one archbishop called “the most serious and biggest massacre” of Christians in Syria.

The situation for Christians in Syria has been horrific and it seems to be only getting worse as time passes. Indeed, for many Christians around the world, their faith puts them in the line of fire.

A report published by Fides on Thursday stated that some 45 Christian civilians, including women and children, were killed by Islamist rebels in Sadad, halfway between Homs and Damascus.

The report, which cited the Syrian Orthodox Patriarchate in Damascus, stated that the Christian settlement was invaded and occupied by Islamist militias on Oct. 21, though it was recently recaptured by the Syrian army.

“45 innocent civilians were martyred for no reason, and among them several women and children, many thrown into mass graves,” said Archbishop Selwanos Boutros Alnemeh, Syriac Orthodox Metropolitan of Homs and Hama. “Other civilians were threatened and terrorized. 30 were wounded and 10 are still missing.”

Much of the city, which had a population of 15,000, was destroyed and looted, eyewitnesses said, according to the Christian Post.

Sadad reportedly has roots dating back to 2,000 B.C. and boasts many churches, temples, historic landmarks and archaeological sites, the Christian Post reported.

“For one week, 1,500 families were held as hostages and human shields,” Alnemeh said of the siege of Sadad to Fides. “Among them children, the elderly, the young, men and women. Some of them fled on foot travelling 8 km from Sadad to Al-Hafer to find refuge.”

The church official said that some 2,500 families fled the city with only their clothes. Refugees remain scattered between Damascus, Homs, Fayrouza, Zaydal, Maskane and Al-Fhayle, according to Alnemeh.

Alnemeh maintains that it is the largest massacre of Christians in Syria and the second in the Middle East after the 2010 attack on a church in Iraq that left at least 58 dead.

In September, at least 78 were killed and over 120 wounded in a suicide bombing targeting a church in Pakistan.

In October, it was reported that gunmen fired upon a Christian wedding in a suburb of Cairo, Egypt.

On Thursday, The Washington Post reported that rebel shelling has “increasingly hit several majority-Christian districts” in Damascus along with other predominantly Christian towns in Syria.

The increasingly frequent rebel attacks on areas heavily populated by Christians have “fueled fears among Syria’s religious minorities about the growing role of Islamic extremists and foreign fighters among the rebels fighting against President Bashar Assad’s rule,” according to the Post.

Gregorios III Laham, the Melkite Greek Catholic patriarch of Antioch and all the East, estimated that over 450,000 of the 1.75-2 million Christians in Syria have fled their homes since 2011, according to the Christian Post.

Both Laham and Alnemeh have called for help.

“As Jesus Christ, Our Lord and Savior, fell under the weight of the Holy Cross, Simon of Cyrene was fetched to help. We too need a Simon to help bear our cross,” Laham said.

Up until two years ago, Laham said that his country was “a beacon of hope for Christians in the Middle East.” He said it acted as a sanctuary for Christians fleeing persecution in neighboring Iraq. But now both the Iraqis and native Syrians are facing massive persecution.

“We have shouted aid to the world but no one has listened to us. Where is the Christian conscience? Where is human consciousness? Where are my brothers? I think of all those who are suffering today in mourning and discomfort: We ask everyone to pray for us,” Alnemeh said.

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13 Responses to ‘Biggest massacre’ of Christians in Syria reported as population continues to be targeted by rebels

  1. Abbs Dublin November 3, 2013 at 9:04 AM

    Satanist Barack Hussein Obama supports these terrorists with US Taxpayers money.

    Barack Hussein Obama’s Standard English and Satanic Gematria both add up to 793 which are common factors in Revelation 13vs18, verse number 30927 concerning the Antichrist.

    Barack Hussein Obama in Standard English Gematria numerical values.

    A=1 B=2 C=3 D=4 E=5 F=6 G=7 H=8 I=9 J=10 K=20 L=30 M=40 N=50 O=60 P=70 Q=80 R=90 S=100 T=200 U=300 V=400 W=500 X=600 Y=700 Z=800.

    B=2 A=1 R=90 A=1 C=3 K=20 = 117
    H=8 U=300 S100 S=100 E=5 I=9 N=50 = 572
    O=60 B=2 A=1 M=40 A=1 = 104
    Total = 793

    “SATANIC GEMATRIA” commences at 36 and ends at 61,
    (61 the year of Obama’s Birth)

    36 is the Triangular root of 666
    (If you add up all the integers from 1 to 36 you will get 666)

    A=36 B=37 C=38 D=39 E=40 F=41 G=42 H=43 I=44 J=45 K=46 L=47 M=48 N=49 O=50 P=51 Q=52 R=53 S=54 T=55 U=56 V=57 W=58 X=59 Y=60 Z=61

    “SATANIC GEMATRIA”
    S=54 A=36 T=55 A=36 N=49 I=44 C=38 = 312
    G=42 E=40 M=48 A=36 T= 55 R=53 I=44 A=36 = 354
    TOTAL = 666

    “BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA”
    B=37 A=36 R=53 A=36 C=38 K=46 = 246
    H=43 U=56 S=54 S=54 E=40 I=44 N=49 = 340
    O=50 B=37 A=36 M=48 A=36 = 207
    TOTAL = 793

    “Barack Hussein Obama” Common English Gematria = 793

    793 Divided by 13 = 61 the year of Obama’s birth.

    “Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six”. Revelation 13 verse 18 (Verse number 30927)

    30927 = 13 x 793 + 13 x 793 + 13 x 793

    30927 = 13×793 + 13×793 + 13×793 !!!

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    • Anonymous November 3, 2013 at 9:49 AM

      Lay off the drugs.

      On a serious note: Everyone should pray for these people. I pray the Holy Spirit will comfort them, strengthen them and make them persevere through these trials. If they are martyred for their faith, then we can take comfort in knowing that they are with the Lord but it is my prayer that God will preserve them through this. Amen!

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  2. Bryant November 4, 2013 at 12:55 PM

    It’s time the Christians in Syria formed their own militias, as they did in Lebanon when Islamist terrorists declared war on them in the 1970′s. These acts of war against innocent civilians must be met head-on, or the butchery will continue. It’s time to make a stand!

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  3. Arizona November 4, 2013 at 3:01 PM

    CONSIDERING american churches support the death of christians world wide,ITS not surprising the death of christians is never mentioned in american churches,the media or anywhere else,ITS a secret in america, because the churches in america AREN”T really christian,their LUCIFERIAN,and the DEVIL,satan,is their daddy,thats why they give money and support and murders oboozos rebels want to kill,especialy christians….OR children,and OH how american churches love the death of children,most every church in america has worship on every PAGAN HOLIDAY of the year,christians don’t,thats why their hated in american churches……..THOSE POOR people of GOD in other countries are on their own………………

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  4. Arizona November 4, 2013 at 3:12 PM

    I’ll tell you guys something,THE LORD is dusting off his shop broom,and soon hes going to sweep off america into his trash pile,and then BURN the pile,if you aren’t really close to him,you maybe sweept into the pile with the other trash,GET CLOSE,STAY CLOSE,and be ready,I hear him coming NOW……………….

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  5. HEMM November 4, 2013 at 11:39 PM

    THEY NO NO BETTER .. GOD HAVE MERCY ON THEIR SOULS.. PRAY LETS PRAY FOR ALL GODS PEOPLE

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  6. Larry Robson November 5, 2013 at 8:43 AM

    Who is responsible?
    Those who have armed and supplied these so-called freedom fighters who are actually mercenaries. When I said to my son that Cameron and Clegg are murderers, he laughed and said something like “don’t be silly”
    BUT Cameron and Clegg and all those who voted for war in Syria. supplied these thugs with £50.000,000 of British tax-payer money to slaughter Christians. And we call ourselves a Christian Country?
    This government is no longer legitimate and we, for the love of humanity, should no longer comply with it. We are asked to help the heroes. The heroes are those who no longer obey the orders of psychopaths. Reference the sacking of military leaders by Obama, those who no longer support American foreign policy. These men are heroes.
    Those who commit suicide after fighting the war against terror have not lost their humanity. Bless them for the love of humanity. I will always honour them in my heart.

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    • archgrippledick November 7, 2013 at 2:07 AM

      THANK YOU LARRY!!! i tell all my workmates that the tax we pay the government makes us all complicit in the slaughter of innocent syrians ive even comtemplated quiting my job so my hard earned money doesnt go to them! But alas i find no one cares as its so far away or they repeat somthing they heard from the news like “yeah t hat assad is nuts killing his own people”. i try to flip it and say what would you want cammeron to do if we had mauradering group of jihadist in a town near us…………exactly! it makes me so angry that not only is this the biggest story since 9/11 and coincidentally we arm,train and supply al qeada the very people the “war on terror” and all the invasions was for! Al qaeda is a c.i.a/mossad front used as their very own foreign legion DIRTY DEEDS DONE DIRT CHEAP! thank you larry for having your eyes open and actually seeing what really goes on in the world! god bless syria

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  7. Tobana November 5, 2013 at 9:11 AM

    Write a book, and we’ll all read it.
    But seriously, desensitization to violence is a crime against life itself.
    Take yourselves seriously, or nobody will read YOUR books.

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  8. Tobana November 5, 2013 at 9:12 AM

    Write a book, and we’ll all read it.
    But seriously, desensitization to violence is a crime against life itself.

    Reply
  9. Larry Robson November 5, 2013 at 4:25 PM

    There are more US soldiers killing themselves because they cannot cope with the hell that they have been forced to create than are currently dying on the field of battle.
    Please correct me if i am wrong.
    Rather then do further damage to their true nature they choose to kill themselves.
    How can a young man rejoice in a child he may father when he may have been party to the murder of other innocent lives? These are broken human beings. They are broken because they cannot forgive themselves and neither do they believe any God can do that for them. If I were such a person I would hope to find the courage to use the rest of my life to help prevent such atrocities. I am not praising them for taking their life but understand their helpless blindness to the problem of how to carry on. After all they have taken life so they feel compelled to take their own.That is why I love them in my heart because they prove there is no life without love.

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  10. Leslie November 5, 2013 at 8:21 PM

    Aren’t these the lovely gentlemen we’re sending arms and money to? Freedom fighters–isn’t that the term we’ve used?

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  11. Miracles man December 12, 2013 at 7:57 PM

    Dear Laham and Alnemeh,

    Peace,

    We have heard your called but how would you like us to help you? Is there any way to organize ourselves to bring you some necessities like money, clothes,…?

    Please Dear Journalist find us a way to reach our brothers who are suffering from those arrogant persecutors

    May the Lord bless you and keep and give you peace.

    A brother in Christ

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