(JNS.org) Syrian government soldiers retook the ancient Christian town of Sadad from Jihadi rebels. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, residents from Sadad reported that rebels from the al-Qaeda-linked Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist organization have retreated from the town after heavy fighting with the Syrian army.
Located 95 kilometers (60 miles) north of Damascus, Sadad is an isolated Christian village mentioned in the Christian bible. Its villagers still speak Aramaic, the ancient Semitic language spoken by Jesus. Rebel groups launched an assault on Sadad Oct. 21 when two suicide bombers assaulted a hospital and detonated themselves near a gas station.
According to the Associated
Press, Jabhat al-Nusra rebels targeted the village due to its strategic
location on the highway north of Damascus, not because it’s Christian. But
Jabhat al-Nusra has a history of brutally attacking Christians in areas it
“The Islamist rebel attack against the mainly Christian, Biblical village of Sadad and its hospital is just the latest barbaric act in the destruction of Syria. Christians and other religious minorities in Syria are in danger of being eliminated,” Dr. John Eibner, CEO of Christian Solidarity International (CSI), recently told JNS.org.
Last month, al-Qaeda-linked rebel forces attacked the ancient Christian village of Maaloula causing the village’s 3,000 residents to flee. Reports indicated that rebels attacked Christian homes and churches, threatening them with beheadings and desecrating churches. Eventually, local resistance committees backed by Syrian government forces forced the rebels to withdraw.