ASIA/SYRIA - Maalula again occupied by the rebels
Damascus (Agenzia Fides) - The predominantly Christian village of Maalula, 60km west of Damascus, was again attacked by rebel militias on Saturday, November 30. The news was confirmed by both the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (an organization close to the anti-Assad opposition based in London), and by the Syrian state Agency - SANA. Jihadi militants of Jabhat al-Nusra are also among the formations that attacked the town.
What happened on Saturday in the city, was the second attack suffered in the last three months where the monastery of Santa Tecla and the sanctuary dedicated to Saints Sergius and Bacchus are situated. Maalula is in the mountainous area of Qalamun, where in recent weeks fighting between government forces and rebel militias have intensified. According to some residents, the area of the city again under rebel control also includes the monastery of Santa Tecla, where there is a community of Greek-Orthodox nuns. (GV) (Agenzia Fides 12/02/2013)
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