Thursday, October 31, 2013

Islamists Set Fire to Armenian Church in Syria; Committed by Al Qaeda, Torched Church Cross

Islamists have set fire to Surp Khach Armenian Church in Tel Abyad, a town in northeast Syria, the Orthodox Church Info blog reports today (October 31, 2013).

According to the Beirut-based Aztag daily, the arson was committed by members of the al Qaeda-linked Islamic State in Iraq and Levant group, who took the cross off the church and torched it.

Armenians have been living in Tel Abyad since 1915. The church was built in 1932 and reconstructed in 1996.

More than 115,000 people have been killed in Syria's civil war during the past two and one-half years, including tens of thousands of soldiers, rebels, and civilians.

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