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Mon Feb 27, 2012, 03:49 AM

Christians in Syrian Arab Republic - targeted by both sides [View all]

By the GOVT:
Syrian regime threatens Christians, clamps down on churches
Sunday, 26 February 2012
Many Syrian Christians have been targeted by the regime of President Bashar al-Assad for participating in protests demanding his ouster. (Reuters)
By Mohamed Zeid Mestou
Al Arabiya Beirut
As part of its campaign against all pro-democracy activists, the Syrian regime has been persecuting Christian citizens and clergy who take part in the revolution or help the revolutionaries.
Several Christians also started realizing the hollowness of the regime's words as they were reminded of the Syrian constitution's stipulation that the president of the country should be Muslim, an article that also enraged several Muslim activists, who agreed with Christians that the presidency is a national and not a sectarian matter.

Christians were more outraged at the regime after security forces attacked the historic Syriac Orthodox Um al-Zennar Church in Homs and stole its contents. This incident was followed by a remarkable participation of Christians in anti-regime protests

By the rebels:
Syrian Red Cross Begins Emergency Evacuations as Christians Await Help
Hillary Clinton Warns President Assad of Having 'More Blood on His Hands'
By Stoyan Zaimov , Christian Post Reporter
February 24, 2012|4:10 pm

The Red Cross has started evacuating women and children trapped in the crossfire between President Bashar al-Assad's supporters and rebel fighters in the city of Homs. Many Christians are also believed to still be trapped in the tumultuous city.
"The armed Islamist Opposition in Syria has murdered more than 200 Christians in the city of Homs, including entire families with young children. These Islamic gangs kidnapped Christians and demanded high ransoms. In two cases, after the ransoms were paid, the men's bodies were found.

"Christians are being forced to flee the city to the safety of government controlled areas. Muslim rebel fighters and their families are taking over their homes. We need your prayers and we need them urgently," a representative of the organization pleaded.

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