Syria: Church protests over 'ethnic cleansing' of Christians from Homs
hile the Syrian opposition forces have been guilty of violence, abuse
and torture - as stated in a report released yesterday by the NGO Human
Rights Watch - in Homs, Church leaders say there is "an ongoing ethnic
cleansing of Christians", carried out by members of the Brigade Faruq,
close to Al Qaeda.
A note sent to Fides by the Syrian Orthodox Church, which includes 60% of Christians in the country, says that militant armed Islamists have managed to expel 90% of Christians from Homs and confiscated their homes by force.
According to Orthodox Metropolitan sources, the militants went door to door in the neighborhoods of Hamidiya and Bustan al-Diwan, forcing Christians to flee, without giving them the chance to take their belongings.
The Faruq Brigade is run by armed elements of Al-Qaeda and various Wahabi groups and includes mercenaries from Libya and Iraq.
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