Christian homes invaded in besieged Syrian city; families desperate to flee

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Country: Middle East and North Africa, Syria

Christians desperate to flee the besieged Syrian city of Homs are caught in the crossfire; they are not even safe in their own homes as fighters invade and plunder their properties.

Homs_4X3.jpgHoms is the third largest city in Syria;
its population is around 17-18% Christian
zz77 / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

The rebels, who are increasingly influenced by Sunni Islamists, go from house to house, taking whatever they want – even the doors – to resource their campaign against government troops. To avoid being captured, the intruders make their escape by knocking holes through the walls between the properties.

Around 70 homes belonging to Christians in Homs have been invaded and pillaged. The rebels are also seizing vehicles and stripping them of their parts.

In recent weeks Homs has been subjected to intense government shelling, which has killed many civilians, while rebel snipers kill people on the streets, making it almost impossible for anyone to leave their homes.

A senior Christian leader told Barnabas Aid:

The situation of Homs at the moment is a horrifying one. Violence has escalated… We witnessed a lot of bombardments, killings, shootings, kidnappings.

As well as the danger of being caught in the crossfire, the lack of resources is putting the survival of Homs’ residents under serious threat. There is no electricity, and people are running out of clean water, food and medicines.

A senior Church leader told Barnabas Aid that thousands of Christian families who are still trapped in Homs would flee if there was just a small window of opportunity, even two or three hours.

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4 Replies to “Christian homes invaded in besieged Syrian city; families desperate to flee”

  1. This is just the beginning. If the US, UK and France, and the Sunni states led by Saudi Arabia, get their way, there will be ethnic cleansing of Christians, Alawites and Druze that will make Bosnia look like a garden party. And not just ethnic cleansing but mass murder, churches desecrated and burnt.

    As in Iraq, Egypt, Libya and Tunisia, once our idiot politicians have created the mess, they will walk away from it, and the complicit MSM will hide the ongoing massacres as if they were not happening.

    Assad is brutal but compared to what will follow, he is the soul of liberalism.

  2. A senior Church leader told Barnabas Aid that thousands of Christian families who are still trapped in Homs would flee if there was just a small window of opportunity, even two or three hours.

    Exactly – they will flee to where the Assad forces can provide them with safety. They most certainly will not flee to the rebel al Qaeda/Muslim Brotherhood.

    I sincerely hope that Christians are supporting the Assad government ie if they have learnt anything from the Arab Spring in Egypt.

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