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IS killed 21 Christians in Syrian town al-Qaryatain

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Reports are emerging of the killing of Syrian Christians by Islamic State militants in the town of al-Qaryatain.  Some 21 Christians were murdered when almost 300 Christians remained in the city after IS captured it last August, said the head of the Syrian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Ignatius Aphrem II. They included three women,  he told the BBC.

He said some died whilst trying to escape while the others were killed for breaking the terms of their “dhimmi contracts”, which require them to submit to the rule of Islam. Five more Christians are still missing and believed dead. Negotiations and the payment of ransoms have seen the remainder of the group re-join their families. The patriarch said warnings had come that Islamic State planned to sell Christian girls into slavery. Read more

Video: A visit by the Syriac Orthodox Patriarch to the Syrian town of Qaryatain has shed light on devastations left by Islamic State militants on the town, retaken by the Syrian army a week earlier.

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  1. It’s been well over a year now that a Syrian Catholic priest and 2 lay workers were publicly beheaded in a central square. Other Christians publicly killed by IS across mideast as well. Even children. They refused to denounce Christ. But now the world needs to pay attention, and Christians need to pray, for the many Christians still in al Raqqa who are basically held as human shields. Before IS arrived, Raqqa was an insignificant distant outpost town on the Euphrates river. Christians were left alone and even protected by Assad regime. It became the de facto Syrian capital for IS when they were chased out of most of Iraq in the early days of the war. Even though IS took over Mosul, the IS leader lives in or near Raqqa. Most Christians fled or were killed. But an estimated 300 still live there. Perhaps the only reason up til now why Raqqa wasn’t flattened by carpet bombing. But if Russians, who said they were leaving Syria, but have not, close in on IS in Syria (and the US closes in on IS in Mosul and Iraq), the Christians in Raqqa will be in increased danger.

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