June 26, 2013 Syria Militants Massacre Christian Village Population (Graphic Images)
More details of a massacre in Homs late last month have emerged following the global outcry of amassacre in Deir el-Zour yesterday.
The massacre, carried out by Free Syrian Army militants reportedly targeted men, women and children in the Christian village of al-Duwayr/Douar close to the city of Homs and the border with Lebanon. The incident received little media attention, having occurred at the same time as thousands of Syrian troops converged on the insurgent-occupied town of al-Qusayr.
According to sources, around 350 heavily armed militants entered the village, broke into homes and assembled residents in the main square of the village where they were executed. The final death toll is not known but photos show severe damage to property in the village.
Syrian army sources said that they reached the village after the massacre, resulting in clashes with militants. Sources also reported that Turkish and Chechen extremists were among the perpetrators. Chechen militants are known to have kidnapped two Christian bishops in Aleppo earlier this year. The following images show al-Duwayr/Douar village after the massacre:
Conditions for ethnic and religious minorities have been made increasingly worse as Free Syrian Army affiliated organisations including Jabhat al-Nusra increase ethnic and sectarian cleansing across Syria. Kidnappings, executions and assassinations are common.
Late last month, around the time of the massacre in Homs, a fifteen year old girl was kidnapped by militants in Damascus, who demanded $100,000 for her release. Miryam Jbeil, a niece Damascus-based Catholic priest Nader Jbeil, was released after a number of days in captivity.
Photo of Miryam publicised during an appeal for her release
In the aftermath of the Syrian army assault on al-Qusayr, the church was discovered to have been desecrated by Free Syrian Army militants.
Damage inside the church
Damaged church. Al-Qusayr previously had a significant Christian population.
“The true religion of our prophet Mohamed will be victorious over tyrants.”
“We cannot abandon Syrian Christians” – Mercator.net
“Christians Leave Deir Ezzor as Last Church Blown Up” – Syria Report
“Siria: nuovo massacro di cristiani a Homs” – Vatican Insider (Italian)
“Villaggi cristiani nell’area di Homs invasi e devastati da bande armate” – Agenzia Fides (Italian)