Melkite patriarch welcomes Syrian government’s victory in historic Christian town
April 15, 2014
The head of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church has welcomed the Syrian government’s victory over rebel forces in the historic Christian town of Ma'loula.
Rebel forces seized the town in December and kidnapped 13 Orthodox nuns, who were released in March.
Patriarch Gregory III Laham described the Syrian army’s victory there as “a symbol of liberation of ‘every human being and every inch of Syria,’” the Associated Press reported.
- Syrian troops choke off rebels north of Damascus (AP)
- Syrian army seizes ancient Christian town near Lebanon border (Reuters)