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Christians flee Syria’s largest city

May 20, 2014

Syrian rebels are besieging Aleppo, the nation’s largest city-- leading to a “a new wave of the exodus of Christians,” according to a local prelate.

“The families waited for high school to end, then they took their luggage, closed their homes and fled to the coast and to Lebanon, using the only road link with the outside world still viable,” said Armenian Catholic Archbishop Boutros Marayati of Aleppo. “Maybe they will come back in four months. Perhaps they will never come back again.”

“The areas where there are large power stations and water supply lines are all in the hands of the rebels, that open and close the valves to force the regime to negotiate,” Archbishop Marayati told the Fides news agency. “We do not know what these negotiations aim to reach. We are with the people, and we do not understand very well what is going on around us.”


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  • Posted by: skall391825 - May. 21, 2014 4:17 AM ET USA

    That darn George Bush! He just had to go to war with Syria. Now look what's happened over there.

  • Posted by: Defender - May. 20, 2014 12:20 PM ET USA

    They're only Christians, who cares? Now if they were Muslims?