ASIA/SYRIA - Massacre of children in Homs; three Christians kidnapped in the province of Hassaké

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Homs (Agenzia Fides) - At least 41 children were killed due to the double attack carried out yesterday that devastated the area surrounding a school in Homs, in the urban area controlled by government forces. The massacre was one of the most severe in terms of children who died since the beginning of the conflict in Syria. According to official Syrian sources, a car bomb and a suicide bomber caused two explosions when the children came out of school, in the suburb of Akrameh inhabited mainly by Alawites, with the targeted intention to cause the highest number possible of deaths among children of the same religious community to which the Assad family belong.
Meanwhile yesterday, local sources confirmed, to the Assyrian Human Rights Watch, the abduction of three Christians in the city of Tel Tamar, in the north-eastern province of Hassaké. The kidnapping has been attributed to the jihadist faction that has its stronghold in the nearby city of Raqqah. (GV) (Agenzia Fides 02/10/2014)