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Syrian Rebels Swap Crosses Atop Churches for Al Qaeda Flags

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Alissa Tabirian
CNS News
October 11, 2013

A Syrian rebel group affiliated with Al Qaeda desecrated two Christian churches in Northern Syria late last month, replacing their crosses with the symbolic black flag of jihad.

Syrian Rebels Swap Crosses Atop Churches for Al Qaeda Flags

The rebels also destroyed relics, painting and statues allegedly in response to the city’s anti-sectarian protests against the jihadist Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

“We in the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights strongly condemn such sectarian actions that contradict the Syrian people’s demands in justice, freedom, democracy and equality,” the group said.

Dubai-based al-Aan TV broadcast exclusive footage of members of the ISIS attacking the al-Shuhada Armenian Orthodox Church, also known as the Martyrs’ Church, and the Sayida al-Bishara Catholic Church in the Islamist-held city of Raqqa.

The video, posted on YouTube, shows a jihadist on the roof of the church throwing a crucifix to the ground below, where it is kicked by an onlooker.

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This article was posted: Friday, October 11, 2013 at 4:35 am





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