45 Christians killed, their bodies buried in mass graves, in Sadad, Syria – 45 de Crestini omorati in Syria

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ROMANIAN:

Doar cu cateva zile in urma s-a raportat recucerirea orasului Sadad, Syria, iar, cu doua zile in urma s-au descoperit mormanturi comune in care au fost omorati si inmormantati 45 de sirieni crestini. Vezi aici raportul initial-

Fortele guvernamentale siriene au preluat controlul asupra unui oras aflat la nord de Damasc, dupa o saptamana de lupte grele cu grupari afiliate al Qaida, care pusesera stapanire pe zone importante din acesta, arata presa din Damasc. Rebelii par sa fi dorit sa captureze Sadad din cauza pozitiei sale strategice langa principala autostrada de la nord de Damasc, nu din cauza ca ar fi locuit de o populatie majoritar crestina. Dar o parte din gruparile radicale ale opozitiei sunt ostile fata de minoritatea crestina, care are tendinta sa il sprijine pe Assad.

Unii luptatori ai acestor grupari radicale au distrus si profanat mai multe biserici din Sadad, in perioada in care au detinut controlul saptamana trecuta. SANA a transmis ca armata inca se afla in urmarirea luptatorilor care au fugit din Sadad in fermele din jurul orasului. Agentia relateaza si ca rebelii au vandalizat Biserica Sfantului Theodor din Sadad si i-au deteriorat structura. O organizatie pentru drepturile omului care monitorizeaza situatia din Siria a raportat ca rebelii jihadisti au incendiat duminica seara o biserica armeneasca din orasul nordic Tel Abyad, aflat la granita cu Turcia. Agentia de stiri oficiala SANA a relatat ca armata a readus „securitatea si stabilitatea” in orasul Sadad, aflat la 120 de kilometri nord de Damasc, relateaza ABC News. In comunicat se mai spune ca un mare numar de teroristi au fost ucisi si armamentul lor capturat, iar zeci de bombe au fost dezamorsate, dupa ce au fost plantate de rebeli pe drumurile din jurul orasului locuit de crestini.

Sadad fusese in mainile fortelor de opozitie de saptamana trecuta, cand luptatori ai unor grupuri afiliate al Qaida au capturat un punct de control strategic care le-a oferit controlul intregii parti de vest a orasului. (Sursa)

ENGLISH:

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The Christian Post reports on the biggest death toll of Christians since the Syrian civil war started 2 1/2 years ago. Pray for the Christians of Syria that God gives the strength and comfort in the midst of violence and death. This whole week, coming up is dedicated to prayer for the persecuted church. We will be posting various videos and news reports from around the globe-

The Christian Post:

More than 30 bodies of Christian civilians have been uncovered in mass graves in the Syrian city of Sadad, which was destroyed in an attack by Islamic militants, with the Syrian Orthodox Archbishop describing the incident as „the most serious and biggest massacre” of Christians in the past two years and a half.

A total of 45 Christians were reported to have been killed in the small town halfway between Homs and Damascus, after Islamist militants apparently invaded on Oct. 21. Fides News Agency reported that representatives of the Syrian Orthodox Patriarchate and relatives of the victims found the mass graves when they returned home, and later provided a proper burial for their dead relatives and friends.

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

„For one week, 1,500 families were held as hostages and human shields. Among them children, the elderly, the young, men and women. Some of them fled on foot travelling 8 km (5 miles) from Sadad to Al-Hafer to find refuge. About 2,500 families fled from Sadad, taking only their clothes, due to the irruption of armed groups and today they are refugees scattered between Damascus, Homs, Fayrouza, Zaydal, Maskane, and Al-Fhayle.”

Eyewitnesses said the 15,000 population city has been entirely destroyed and looted. Sadad was described as an ancient village dating back to 2,000 B.C. with a number of churches, temples, historic landmarks and archaeological sites.

Syria has been locked in a civil war for over two years and a half now, with various rebel factions trying to take down the government of President Bashar al-Assad. Christians, who make up 10 percent of the population, have been caught in the crossfire, and worries are that a victory for radical Islamist groups will put them in even greater danger.

„I think the Islamic rebels winning is a bad idea for the Christians. All of a sudden we’ll have another Islamic state where Christians are persecuted,” Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) asserted in September.

Archbishop Alnemeh said in his account of the mass attack in Sadad that people now have no electricity, water or telephone, and that all the houses have been robbed. „The churches are damaged and desecrated, deprived of old books and precious furniture. Schools, government buildings, municipal buildings have been destroyed, along with the post office, the hospital and the clinic,” he added.

„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.”

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