|Village of Ma'loula, Syria (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
Residents of a Christian village in western Syria have taken shelter in a convent as it was bombarded by al Qaeda-linked rebels.The rebel fighters stormed a hotel atop a mountain overlooking Maaloula to carry out the attack, said a nun, speaking on condition of anonymity from a convent in the village.
"It's a war. It has been going from 6am in the morning," she said.
Some 80 people took refuge in the convent, which houses 13 nuns and 27 orphans. Read more...
Several hundred thousand Christians in Syria fear an American attack could lead to their widespread persecution by weakening the Assad government and strengthening Islamic rebels, many of them linked to al Qaeda.
Christians in Syria were fleeing one of the oldest Christian towns in the
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Christians flee Syria village that speaks the language of Jesus (telegraph.co.uk)