Militants of the fanatical Islamist group Jabhat an-Nusra operating in Syria set fire to a Syrian Christian church in Deir ez-Zor on the Euphrates. According to the Syrian news agency SANA, the fire destroyed the interior of the church and its relics, but there were no reports about the fate of the parishioners or clergy. Last October, Islamic fanatics fighting on the side of the armed opposition blew up a Latin church in a city in the east of Syria. Over the last two years of conflict, Syrian “rebels” destroyed dozens of churches and mosques, mostly in Homs and Aleppo, and even destroyed an ancient synagogue in Jubara, a suburb of Damascus.
20 June 2013
Voice of Russia World Service