Islamist groups have killed and beheaded a young Christian man, seriously wounding another.
The incident, which occurred on 8 January,
has just been reported to Fides by a priest in the diocese of Homs.
The two, Firas Nader, 29, and Fadi Matanius Mattah, 34, were
traveling by car from Homs to the Christian village of Marmarita.
group of five armed jihadists intercepted the vehicle and opened fire on
the car. Upon reaching the car, militiamen, noting that Fadi was
wearing a cross around his neck, beheaded him. They then took money and
leaving Firas on the ground wounded, believing he was already dead.
Firas instead managed to escape, reaching the town of Almshtaeih on foot
and was then transferred to the hospital in Tartou.
Some of the
faithful were able to recover the body of Mattah, bringing him to
Marmarita, where the local Christian community expressed strong
indignation for the horrible act carried out.
According to a statement sent to Fides by Aid to the Church in Need"
(ACN), violence against Christians in Syria, is becoming "one of the
worst persecutions endured by Christians in this part of the third
Latest reports show that more than 600,000 Christians - a
third of the total Syrian faithful - are internally displaced or living
as refugees in neighboring countries.
Christian leaders confirm the
massive exodus of Christians from Syria, which could seriously
jeopardize the future of Christians in the nation.
As ACN in Homs highlights, Marmarita and Hamat, the Syrian
population, which includes many Christians, are living in desperate
conditions, without food, heating, shelter and medicine because of the
bitter cold weather that has worsened the humanitarian crisis which
exists due to the conflict.