Assad’s War on Churches

Not many seem to be aware that the Assad regime has been waging a war on Syria’s Mosques, but even less are aware that churches have not been spared from its barbaric violence either. The above video is a short Jazeera report on the destruction of holy sites by the Assad regime, which includes footage of damage from the bombardments and shelling of the Umm Zenar Church (see the picture as well), which is one of the oldest churches in the world, as well as the Sayyida Salam Church, and the Mar Iliyan Church, all of them in Homs, as well as churches elsewhere. Following is a short Arabiya report on the Umm Zenar Church.

In this post I will try to list all the churches in Syria that have suffered from bombardments and shelling, by collecting footage thereof and of the damage that was caused. The list is far from complete and still being updated.

October 4, 2012; Church in Deir al-Zor
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1NHSR5FT3rQ

October 3, 2012; Church in Harasta
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EBgSJeHbd_Y

September 28, 2012; Church in Aleppo, Midan

And on September 24, 2012: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AGmWH9tTPWk

September 28, 2012; Armenian Orthodox Church in Tel Abyad
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JlwOnou4hkQ
And on September 24, 2012: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UWnDU0KtTgg

September 28, 2012; Armenian Orthodox Church in Deir al-Zor

And on September 14, 2012; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_zk7Z_FUOV8

September 25, 2012; Syriac Orthodox Church Sayyida Maryam in Deir al-Zor
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JYgtLGcHuAg

September 24, 2012; Mar Iliyas Church in al-Qusayr
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U27ErIykEVs
And on July 15, 2012: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YI7n8Y25pUE

September 23, 2012; Church in Homs, Hamidiye

Also: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6CLTU30NCso
And on August 25, 2012: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0RS5rgCatqE

September 16, 2012; Church in Homs
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L3z0hF3rmHc

September 14, 2012; Holy Spirit Syriac Catholic Church in Homs, Hamidiye

September 13, 2012; Jesuit Monastery in Aleppo
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yuqk8lHZ7d8

September 11, 2012; Church in Aleppo, Bustan al-Basha
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vzQc6TikCEE

September 8, 2012; Abode of Michael Church in Homs, Hamidiye
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jOExEuUp6Io

September 8, 2012; St. George Church in Homs

And on June 14, 2012: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kbndZjeJaRI
And on June 5, 2012: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kbndZjeJaRI

September 6, 2012; Sayyida Salam Church, Homs

Also: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UhHRHSDE45A
And on September 4: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AH6b8_RO0ZI
And on August 7, 2012: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-KRYBdmPIHk
And on July 18:

And on June 21, 2012:

September 4, 2012; Sayyida Melkite Church in Bustan al-Diwan, Homs

September 2, 2012; Church in Albukamal

Also: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2JKAOli-D9E & http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kYK1AXpM5ss

June 22, 2012: St. Simeon Church in Nahriyya
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GUUsSlbfILs

July 14, 2012: Armenian Church in Latakia:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oNxKgPdZeyg

April 15, 2012; Anglican Church in Homs
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_BuxkgHEdqM

June 13, 2012; Umm Zenar Church in Homs
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EzLxpXSF7Bw
And on June 10, 2012: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=minqblrTmus

And on June 3, 2012: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K8U1W0P7jsU & http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WuENw1-AX9w
And on June 2, 2012: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ln2pCgKpeNQ
And on March 20, 2012:

June 8, 2012; Church next to the Jamal al-Din Mosque in Homs
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VXsuDj5LO7c

May 31, 2012; Ancient St. Simeon Church in Dar Ezza, Aleppo
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7SL7AefbPeo

May 31, 2012; Church in Homs, Hamidiye

May 24, 2012; Synod Church in Homs, Hamidiye

And on May 18, 2012: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SvUo_qS4NBo

April 21, 2012; Syriac Catholic Church in Homs, Hamidiye

April 16, 2012; Evangelist Church in Homs
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OkHC_Kq1AXM

January 29, 2012; Sidnaya Monastery, Damascus countryside
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SxcpXMlVsDc

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