Nearly 1,000 Christians have been killed and over 450,000 of them displaced in Syria due to the crisis plaguing the country, says a prominent Christian figure.
“As we know, there are 120,000 Syrians killed in the 3-year-long crisis, including Syrian Christians. Maybe the Christians among the killed amount to 1,000,” Patriarch of the Church of Antioch, Gregory III Laham, told Xinhua on Thursday.
“There are also nine million people displaced inside and outside Syria, 450,000 of whom were Christians,” added the Christian leader.
Some 1.8 million Christians reside in Syria, making up about 10 percent of the country’s population. The religious minority has been subjected to numerous attacks by extremist groups since the outbreak of violence in the country in March 2011.
Laham went on to say that Takfiri militants operating in Syria have so far “destroyed,” “burned” and “sabotaged” 85 churches across the country, stressing that the turmoil “has…
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