Battles rage in Syria Christian town: security source

15/9/13 DAMASCUS:  Syria's army battled rebels for control of the ancient Christian  town of Maaloula near Damascus  on Saturday, a security official told  AFP, a week after opposition fighters took the area. At the same time, rebel units were fighting jihadists in the east, near the  border with Iraq, as were Kurdish fighters in Hasakeh province in ...

Syrian Christians flee enclave

14/9/13 Almost all the Christians living in the ancient Syrian village of Maaloula, which has been under siege by rebels for more than a week, have fled, according to a senior church leader. The Damascus-based Greek Melkite Patriarch Gregory Laham III told Vatican Radio that witnesses told him that when the rebels moved into Maaloula they threatened ...

Syrian Army battles jihadists in ancient Christian village

11/9/13 Sporadic fighting continues after Syrian government troops have regained control of the village of Maaloula, a center of Christianity in the region. RT’s correspondent reports from the village, amid shooting and fighter jets hovering overhead. The Syrian Army says there are no militants in the hotel as they were kicked out by regime forces. “We are being ...

Famed Syria Christian town falls into hands of Nusra jihadists

5/9/13 Islamist rebels in Syria seize army checkpoint leading into Christian town of Maalula as fighting rages on ground. BEIRUT - Islamist rebels in Syria seized an army checkpoint leading into the Christian town of Maalula on Wednesday, a rights watchdog said, as fighting rages on the ground. "Jihadists from the Al-Nusra Front and Islamist rebels attacked a ...