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Suicide bomb kills four in Christian quarter of Damascus

By on Thursday, 27 June 2013

A file photo of a damaged convent north of Damascus (AP)

A file photo of a damaged convent north of Damascus (AP)

Four people have been killed in a suicide bombing in a Christian quarter of Damascus, according to Syria’s state-run television network.

The attack took place in the predominantly Christian neighbourhood of Bab Sharqi in central Damascus, outside the Greek Orthodox Virgin Mary church.

Officials told the Associated Press that the attacker used an explosive belt to blow himself up.

Lebanon’s Al-Mayadeen television channel said the attack appeared to target a nearby post of the National Defence Forces, which have been fighting against rebels.

But churches have previously been targeted in the cities of Aleppo and Homs. Two bishops, Yohanna Ibrahim and Boulos Yazigi, were kidnapped in northern Syria earlier this year and remain missing.

According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights more than 100,000 people have been killed in the Syrian conflict.

Ten per cent of Syria’s population of 23 million are Christian, but many have fled the country since fighting broke out in March 2011.

  • Burt

    Has nobody commented? really? or have no comments been allowed past the moderators? I posted a comment earlier regarding Cameron’s proposals to arm the very rebels causing the onslaught against the Christian population. That didn’t get through.

  • coda alexander mars

    Atheists are appalled by this senseless behavior. Atheists are always appalled by any murders, rapes, riots, etc, for any reason. But they are not pacifists. Atheists comprise a portion of the U.S. Armed Forces and always have, defending religious freedom with their very lives, if necessary.
    Now, regarding this revolting attack on innocent people, I would bet my bottom dollar that the attacker was one of the Syrian Rebels. If Assad falls, they will slaughter the Christians…and with Obama’s assistance.

  • Julian Lord

    Has nobody commented? really?

    Apparently, the CH moderation team doesn’t want people to post any detrimental commentary towards any Islamists, Heretics, or Atheists.

  • Isabel

    And while our christian sisters and Brothers are being slaughtered they are waiting for the ear deafening silence among us in the West to be broken. Pope Francis addressed this tradegy recentlly, talking about the violenec in Syria.
    That he cares greatly for the suffering, is well known. But what about some arschbishops and other high officials?
    Maybe we can look forward to a condenmation from archbishop Marini, Cardinal Schönborn, Paglia, and, and.., when they feel like abandoning their seemingly favourite theme, for a while
    And also from archbishop Nichols.

  • David Brower

    Why is the beheading of Fr Francis Mourad OFM in Syria by ‘rebels’ not making news around the world?