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Syrian Christian refugees in Europe begin to return home

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The damaged St Sarkis Church in Sadad, Syria. Photo CNS.

The Catholic Herald reports:

Hundreds of Christian families are returning to Sadad, Syria, more than two years after their city was overrun by terrorists, a local official has said.

Suleiman al Khalil, the mayor of Sadad, told Russian media on April 6 of the influx of Christians returning to the city after Russian forces defeated the al Nusra Front, reported Fides, the news agency of the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples.

“Christians who had left Syria for Europe are beginning to return to Sadad and also to other cities,” he said, according to Fides.

The news agency reported that terrorists of al Nusra Front, also known as al-Qaeda in Syria, took hold of the city in October 2013, and “massacres were carried out against the civilian population, confirmed by the discovery of a mass grave with at least 30 dead bodies.”

Sadad was also attacked by ISIS militants in November 2015 in an attempt to conquer the city. Khalil said the return of Christian families to Sadad can be attributed to successful operations conducted by the Russian military followed by a cease-fire agreement, reported Fides.

The partial cease-fire agreement, signed in Munich on February 12, allowed for humanitarian aid to be delivered to across the country.

The mayor of Sadad added that at least at least 100 Christians have returned to the city and another 200 are expected to follow, Fides reported in early April.


 

3 Comments

  1. passerby says

    Not all refugees who claim to be Christian are Christian.

    [From the German press]
    Police razzia against traffickers in Wennigsen, Germany.

    The detained are a smuggler, an interpreter, and a lawyer. The migrants were mainly Iranians and Afghans. The traffickers offered an “all-inclusive” service from 7.000 to 12.000 euro, including trip by plane to Germany, fake conversion to Christian faith, baptism, and a short course on how to answer the immigration officer’s questions.

    Original article, in German: https://www.welt.de/politik/deutschland/article163972021/Razzia-gegen-Schleuser-wegen-massenweisen-Asylbetrugs.html




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  2. I am sure I will be corrected, but under Assad regime all religions lived alongside each other. Under an Islamic rule this probably will not happen, especially with such tensions today. Are Christians confident at returning because Assad is still in power?




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  3. Many Syrians are returning home after the Jewish orchestrated terrorists destroyed their city. Shame on the Jewnited states and Israel for all the destruction they have done not only in Syria but in many countries as well. They need to do reparations and Israel should be held accountable for all these destruction.




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