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May 2014

Eighty people have died and thousands more are displaced as a result of an attack on a Syrian town regarded as a Christian area.

According to reports from Christian advocacy group Barnabas Fund, the population of Kessab was forced to flee after it was besieged by Islamist rebels, who beheaded and killed 80 people, desecrated churches and looted homes.

It is claimed that militants from the al-Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front, Sham al-Islam and Ansar al-Sham attacked Kessab on the Turkish border, early on Friday 21 March.

Approximately 3000 Armenian Christian residents fled for their lives, taking refuge in neighbouring cities, some with friends and families, others inside church buildings.

In a newsletter from Barnabas Fund, partners in Syria have been helping the displaced Christian families, who fled empty-handed.

It is believed that Turkey, which has sided with the rebels in the Syrian civil war and provided access for fighters, money and supplies, allowed hundreds of Islamist militants to cross its border on Friday to attack Kessab.






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